Link to List of 115 Blog/Journal Ideas
--Include a minimum of 10 pages (single-sided) of your own writing each grading quarter.
--Post a minimum of seven 200+ word entries on our class blogsite,
--The topics and genres of your entries are entirely your choice. You may choose to use the prompts on the list provided.
--Title and date each entry if journaling
--You may have a maximum of 3 blank lines per page if journaling
Blogging in Mr. Martin’s Class: How to Use classpress.com
1. First, type www.classpress.com to access the site.
2. Enter your username and password in the box on the left side of the screen.
3. When you first login, it will ask you to create a new password. You’re welcome to re-enter the password Mr. Martin gave you, or you may create a new one.
4. Next, you’ll be asked to customize your page. When doing so, make sure that your background, box, and title box colors are different than your title, link, and text
5. Save your option choices, and click on “My Blog”—this is your blog page.
You can change the look of your blog at any time by clicking on “Options.”
6. There are two methods of writing a journal entry:
A. If you wish your entry to be private (meaning only you and Mr. Martin can view it), do the following. Select the “Be Heard” tab and type PRIVATE in the title box while creating your entry. Then type your entry and submit it. Mr. Martin will make the entry private
before it is posted to the blog site.
B. If you don’t mind others reading your entry, simply click “Be Heard,” create your entry, and post it to the blog.
7. All entries and comments will not be posted to the blog for others to see until Mr. Martin has read and approved them. Any post, whether public or private, will not be approved unless it is school appropriate: no cussing, no references to sexual, drug-related, or illegal behavior, and no put downs of students or staff. You will be asked to revise any entry deemed
Quarterly Blogging Assignment
What do I type?--The idea of a blog is for you to write about whatever interest you. What are your hobbies? What do you know a lot about? What experiences have you had? What activities are you involved in? Ultimately, you can type whatever you want on your blog site (that’s school appropriate, of course), but your blog should be a reflection of who you are. It’s your blog—make it about whatever you think is important. Some students use their blogs to develop long stories over the course of a year. Others use their blogs as a type of open diary. Most students’ blogs are a mix of different thoughts and experiences they've had throughout the school year. If you can think of anything to type, try using one of the prompts included on the prompts list above.
Here are a few more guidelines:
--Any picture or video submitted to the blog must be accompanied by at least 100 words of commentary. Videos and pictures submitted without sufficient commentary will not be accepted.
--All writing for the blog must be your own to count for credit. If it is discovered that you have plagiarized, you may lose credit for previous entries as punishment. If you are posting song lyrics or a poem, give credit to the writer and provide at least 100 words of additional commentary. A song or poem alone will not be accepted.
--Writing will not count for credit unless is original to this blogging assignment. This means you will not receive credit for posting an essay you saved from, for example, 6th grade social studies.
--Do not post lists of items unless you provide commentary for most of the items on the list.
--Posts referencing classmates and teachers may be posted as private. If a post demeans a classmate or teacher, it may not count for credit or it may be deleted.
--If a post is too silly or random, it may be given only half credit.
How much do I type?--Each quarter, you’re responsible for typing 7 entries. I count an entry as having at least 200 words. Seven entries at 200 words a piece is 1,400 words total. Your entries can be less or more than 200 words, but you must get to the 1,400 word mark for a chance at an A+ on this assignment. I’ll help you keep track of how many entries/words you have for the quarter in my comments back to you. Unfortunately, the classpress blogs do not have a word count, so if you’d like to see how many words you have, just copy and paste what you’ve written into Microsoft Word and use Word’s word count tool. If you are journaling, write 10pages in a journal each quarter, rather than the 7 blogs.
How is my blog graded?--You won’t get a grade for your blog until the end of the quarter. Your blog will count for 10% of your quarterly grade in language arts. Seven percent of this 10% comes from meeting the 7 entries/1,400 words requirement. The other percent of the total 10% comes from the quality of the writing in your posts. I judge quality of writing in terms of decent use of grammar and punctuation, proper spelling, descriptive word choice, and logical organization. At the end of the quarter, I look at how much you've written and what the quality of your writing has been to determine your blog grade.