Blogging Guidelines

The following are some general rules when posting and commenting online:

  1. Only use your first name.
  2. If you are mentioning another student, only use their first name.
  3. Don’t give your email, phone number, or street address.
  4. Don’t share specifics of your daily routines that involve time and location (i.e. what time and field you are playing soccer that evening).

Writing Posts

  1. Always start a sentence with a capital letter.
  2. Always end a sentence with punctuation like . ? !
  4. There is no need to use more than one exclamation mark if you are excited, passionate or annoyed about something!
  5. Have at least one space after punctuation like , . ? !
  6. Remember that many people will read what you write. Think carefully before clicking the “submit for review” button!
  7. Our blogs are not places to chat with your friends or share links to games and videos. You are encouraged to leave comments for classmates but it has to be about their writing.

Commenting on Posts

All comments should start with a greeting (e.g. “Hi Sally”) and a positive comment.
Then, students should extend the conversation by:
  • providing positive, specific feedback
  • asking a question
  • adding a fact that the author may not know
  • making a connection to their own lives
Students can then also make a specific suggestion on how the writing could be improved (e.g. next step).
Check out the video below which outlines some great commenting criteria:

Example “Level 3” comment:
This comment starts with a greeting and includes positive feedback about things that he liked (e.g question at the start, quotes, providing a link). In order to bump this comment up to a “4”, he could have included one of the quotes from the text or added a next step on how the writing could have been improved.

Example “Level 4” comment:
4_commentIn this first comment, there is a greeting and positive feedback (e.g. the inclusion of interesting facts). She then goes on to use specific details from the text to support her feedback. Finally, she included a next step (e.g. add a headline).

Example “Level 4” comment:
In this second comment, a greeting is included as well as positive feedback (e.g. love the question included in the opening). She also adds WHY including a question is a good addition (e.g. acts as a hook). Finally, she included a next step on how the writing can be improved (e.g. add more detail) and gave specific ways on how this next step could be implemented.

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