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AASL 2013

Blog the Book was presented at the 2013 AASL Conference in Hartford, CT on November 16, 2013. 

Documents

Click on the links below to download the "Writing a Book Review" PowerPoint and the Book Review Lesson Worksheet & Rubric.

Session Overview

Not only is it a challenge to motivate students to read in our fast-paced society, it's a challenge to get their attention at all! We are competing with games, gadgets and phones that stream, entertain, and divert. However, we can join forces with these distractions by using eye-catching book review blogs to induce students to read, to critique, to evaluate and to awaken awareness of internet etiquette, privacy, safety and savvy.

Flipcard Template

"How can I get the flipcard template?"

Once you have an account on Blogger, click on “New Blog”.  Give your blog a name and choose any template to start.  (When I went in to Blogger and created a sample blog to try to answer this question, I just chose a simple template.)

After you have named and created your blog, you can then change the template.  The flipcard format of http://chsereads.blogspot.com can be found under templates, in the “Dynamic Views” section.  There are also several other dynamic views which are quite nice as well.  After you choose the view that best fits your blog, click on "Apply to Blog” and that will become your blog’s default view.  

Standards Addressed

AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner

1.1.2 Use prior and background knowledge as context for new learning.
1.1.6 Read, view, and listen for information presented in any format (e.g., textual, visual, media, digital)
in order to make inferences and gather meaning
3.1.3 Use writing and speaking skills to communicate new understandings effectively.
4.1.3 Respond to literature and creative expressions of ideas in various formats and genres.
4.1.5 Connect ideas to own interests and previous knowledge and experience.

Common Core State Standards

CC.2.W.8 Research to Build and Present Knowledge: Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.

CC.3.SL.1.d Comprehension and Collaboration: Explain their own ideas and understanding in light of the discussion.

CC.3.W.8 Research to Build and Present Knowledge: Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories.

CC.1.W.6 Production and Distribution of Writing: With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.

CC.2.W.2 Text Types and Purposes: Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.

CC.2.W.6 Production and Distribution of Writing: With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.

CC.3.W.1.a Text Types and Purposes: Introduce the topic or text that they are writing about, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure that lists reasons.

CC.5.R.L.2 Key Ideas and Details: Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.

ISTE Technology Standards

2. Communication and Collaboration

Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.

a. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media

b. Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats

5. Digital Citizenship

Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.

a. Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology

b. Exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity

Subject Guide

Creating a Blog

Use the links below to learn how to create your own blog.

Creating Forms in Google Docs

Use the links below to learn how to create your own Google Forms.