Up and Running!


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Why do we blog?

  • To share our knowledge

“Climate Change” by Lucus

“The Discovery of Planet Nine” by Jack

“Never Give Up” by Kristi

  • To express our opinions

“My Lullaby” by Jackson

“Clinton vs. Trump” by Sinan

“Collin Kaepernick and His Protest” by Bobby

“The Ups and Downs of the Cowboys” by Ben N.

  • To relate our experiences

“Home Run” by Ava L.

“My First Soccer Game of the Season” by Preston Z.

“Nervousness” by Ingrid

“Jingles” by Katie M.

“Here Comes the Bride” by Sophie M.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be looking at other blogs to notice more about digital writing: What draws us in as readers?  What keeps us reading?  How is digital writing different from other kinds of writing?

Watch our posts for improvement!  We’re excited about the possibilities.



Blogging Begins Soon!


As we prepare to set up our blogs for the 2016-17 school year, we need to have a sense of what it is that we are creating.  What is a blog? What makes some blogs more inviting and effective than others?

First, a brief overview of blogs, courtesy Edublogs:

One way to learn more about blogging is to visit some blogs.  As you explore the sites below, think about what you like (or don’t like) about the design and layout of the blogs. How important is ease of navigation?  Which posts draw your interest more than others?
What’s the difference between a page and a post?

Paper Fury is a blog by Cait, a young Australian writer who likes to review books.

Mrs. Smith’s class in Canada blogs about what they are learning.

Our Westlake High School librarians keep a blog.

This teen homeschooler blogs about life on her family’s farm.

Anthony Wyatt is a chef who publishes a food blog.

Amanda Eccleston blogs about her career as an elite mid-distance runner.

Sky is a student who blogs to share his passion for cars.

Mrs. Kriese publishes a blog about her interests, experiences, and random thoughts.