Blogging to improve children’s writing

Many teachers are now using blogging with their pupils or students.  There are a whole range of types of blog post and these can be used to develop a range of writing styles and text types particularly in non-fiction writing.  These ideas have been taken from the slideshow The 25 Basic Styles of Blogging by rohitbhargava.

  • Review blogging – this type of post can be used by writing reviews of books read, films watched or software used (non-chronological report)
  • List blogging – this is a very common type of blog post and quite often attracts a lot of readers.  Children could write top 10 books read, games played, dinosaurs or anything they are interested in
  • Ambition blogging – this is blogging about something in an effort to try and achieve it.  This type of post could be used at the beginning, middle and end of the year to set targets and review learning.  It would be especially useful linked in to parents evenings (chronological or non-chron report depending on how organised)
  • Photo blogging – also known as phlogging is a great way to ring the changes.  Here children would use an image or series of images to deliver their message.  This could be something such as the Flickr idea of a story told through five images, images from the classroom or an event
  • Video blogging – or vlogging is a great way to share film that children create
  • Interview blogging – this is where an interview is included in the post either as a podcast or video.  It can be linked to a visitor to the school or classroom or children can go out and interview others.  The quality of the questions used will determine the success of the interview
  • Life blogging – for children this is often achieved through role play and drama where the children write in character.  They are the pirate or the character in the story and the posts are literally a diary of events and feelings. (recount in the form of a diary or biography)
  • Event blogging – this type of post is not difficult to achieve in a school.  There are sports days, trips and major incidents all of which provide a stimulus for writing. (recount could be in the form of news report)
  • Survey blogging – this is where the blogger asks their readers for an opinion about something.  For instance if writing a discursive text they could ask their readers for an opinion about the subject
  • Link blogging – this is where the post contains a series of links to other resources with a brief description about why they are being suggested.  Children could create posts like this towards the end of a topic as a bibliography or in preparation for a special event.
  • How to blogs – these posts explain how to do something and frequently include labelled diagrams.  This might move children away from always writing recipes when they have to write instructions. (instructions)

Each of these types of posts on a blog require slightly different ways of writing and have their own structures and language features .  The challenge is for us to extend children’s repertoires.  They can also challenge us as teachers to write.

Are your children writing a range of types of post?  Why not join the edublogs 2009 Student Blog Challenge

 

5 thoughts on “Blogging to improve children’s writing

    • You are so right Martin. Many blogs publish./share best pieces of writing which is a great thing to do but we could be using them to develop a child’s voice in writing. Blogs are after all about having something to say and provide an audience to say it to.

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