This year, fifth graders will be active participants in the writing process by creating their own personal blogs to share and respond to writing throughout the year. It is something I am very passionate about and it has been an effective part of our writing curriculum as it gives students a huge sense of ownership and choice and gives a large audience to which their writing will be delivered and read.
My goal is to get started with setting up our blogs next week through different writing activities, one of which involves creating paper blogs! In order to move forward, I sent home an informational letter and an internet safety agreement. The safety agreement also includes a spot for parents and students to work together to come up with a safe screen name that ensures that student identity remains safe. If you could brainstorm some ideas for screen names and return the signed form as soon as possible, that would be greatly appreciated! I have attached the forms below as well!
If you are interested in how blogging works in the elementary classroom, visit Pernille Ripp's Website to find information on blogging in the classroom.
Blogging family letter
Internet Safety Agreement