So here we have an example of a high school civics class blog by a student that is using the tool pretty well, I’d say. Especially just a few days into it. Once again, comments on Civics dude! are open, which has led to a pretty interesting exchange between student and unknown commentor. To guide you through it, here’s the original post, the comment, and the student’s response. I love this part from the student:
I think itâ€™s so funny that someone I donâ€™t even know who it is (Gayatri?) is posting comments on my schoolblog. I see how it can be very upsetting reading a highschool kidâ€™s view on what America is doing. It is truly not my meaning to sound ever-knowing, or wise. Letâ€™s face it, Iâ€™m seventeen and I donâ€™t know 1% of whatâ€™s going on in the world. But I think that not understanding that I am a student trying to learn and expand my world, is pretty narrow-minded, as Gayatri said I was.
This is getting closer, I think, to what can happen…writing in response to reading for real audiences.
And by the way, Sanna’s teacher, I think, provides a great model for teachers to follow in terms of pointing to good blogging work by their students. This is how you start modeling the connections, by reading and linking. I snipped one such “mother blog” post below…click it to go read the comments.
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