Aristotle Meets the Internet: Using Blogging Effectively in First Year Composition

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Published on March 16, 2008

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Aristotle Meets the Internet Using Blogging Effectively in First Year Composition Katt Blackwell Texas Woman’s University

Benefits to Blogging More students are becoming more comfortable with the blog environment and more resistant to the word processing environment. Instructors have a chance to see the student’s writing much earlier in the process and provide feedback on the writing at various stages.

Benefits to Blogging

More students are becoming more comfortable with the blog environment and more resistant to the word processing environment.

Instructors have a chance to see the student’s writing much earlier in the process and provide feedback on the writing at various stages.

Four Types of Blogging Assignments Essay Oriented Between Essay Peer Review Essay Reflection

Four Types of Blogging Assignments

Essay Oriented

Between Essay

Peer Review

Essay Reflection

Essay Specific Blogging

Advantages Gets students thinking about the assignment Gets students drafting earlier in the unit Provides students a chance to practice writing without concern for audience

Gets students thinking about the assignment

Gets students drafting earlier in the unit

Provides students a chance to practice writing without concern for audience

Gaining Student Interest Share student brainstorm lists with the class. Use student blogs to discuss what makes a good paragraph in class. Place several of the best blogs under a section of your blog where you mention them as the best.

Share student brainstorm lists with the class.

Use student blogs to discuss what makes a good paragraph in class.

Place several of the best blogs under a section of your blog where you mention them as the best.

Between Essays Blogging

Advantages Good way to introduce the next essay Gets students thinking about the modes of writing Provides students a chance to practice this mode before feeling the pressure of writing their essay

Good way to introduce the next essay

Gets students thinking about the modes of writing

Provides students a chance to practice this mode before feeling the pressure of writing their essay

Gaining Student Interest Review student blogs in class and use them to begin a discussion on the topic. Have students expand on their blogs during a class discussion.

Review student blogs in class and use them to begin a discussion on the topic.

Have students expand on their blogs during a class discussion.

Peer Review Blogs

Advantages Allows student to begin responding earlier and become more accustomed to the peer review Students learn to be more honest before the pressure of the final peer review overwhelms them Instructors have a chance to comment on student peer reviews earlier and help guide them to create better responses.

Allows student to begin responding earlier and become more accustomed to the peer review

Students learn to be more honest before the pressure of the final peer review overwhelms them

Instructors have a chance to comment on student peer reviews earlier and help guide them to create better responses.

Gaining Student Interest Have students comment on peer blogs before the peer review. Assign students a blog that allows them to create a “peer review” of a movie they’ve seen recently, or a CD they recently listened to.

Have students comment on peer blogs before the peer review.

Assign students a blog that allows them to create a “peer review” of a movie they’ve seen recently, or a CD they recently listened to.

Essay Reflective Blogs

Advantages Students become aware of improvements they need to focus on in future assignments. Instructors have the chance to see how well students assess their writing in a more relaxed environment

Students become aware of improvements they need to focus on in future assignments.

Instructors have the chance to see how well students assess their writing in a more relaxed environment

Gaining Student Interest Instructor reads through the comments and makes a list of most common weaknesses to be addressed in class. Student suggestions for improvement for blogging assignments.

Instructor reads through the comments and makes a list of most common weaknesses to be addressed in class.

Student suggestions for improvement for blogging assignments.

For More on Blogging in First Year Composition

Visit My FYC Blog http://rhetoricallyspeaking.wordpress.com There you can view my blog and link to my students’ blogs as well.

Special Thanks To

Tommy Boley Rochelle Gregory Laura Knudson Maggie Martinez My 1023 Students

Tommy Boley

Rochelle Gregory

Laura Knudson

Maggie Martinez

My 1023 Students

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