Tuesday, 8 April 2014


In class this term we are looking at the novel 'Wonder'. It is about a boy with a deformed face who is entering school for the first time. It is an amazing story and one I recommend to all readers. We are going to learn how to create our own Tagxedo's, discovere how to change the shape, font, colours and shape to personalise our key words.


Blog comments


Making a Great Post and Even Better Comments

This is what we brainstormed:

What makes a good post?
  • Title
  • Date – automatic
  • Good information – facts – 5w+h
  • Punctuation – I (capitals) and .!?
  • Topical
  • Think about your audience
  • Easy to read
  • Not too long
  • Spelling – Language of Success
  • On the topicStructure – intro, paragraphs, conclusion
  • Descriptive language

  • Short and catchy –“Run for Life”
  • Rhyme is cool – “Kids Run for Fun”
  • Use capitals 
  • Alliteration – “Crazy Cross Country for Kids’ Cancer”
  • “Finish Line on the Horizon” – visualise
  • "Kids Run 7km for Child Cancer”
  • "Daring Dash for Kids’ Cancer” 
  • “Children Run Crazy for Kids’ Cancer”

We wrote posts about the cross country. See the blogs of Flynn, Bradley, Cullen, Tommy, Maisie, Finn, Antonio, Keenan, Thomas, Lewis, Jackson, Blaire and Mace.

Our next step was to listen to Mrs Yollis' students talk about making comments:

This is the list of criteria they used:

  1. Compliment the writer – be specific
  2. Add some information you know. Make a connection – “I’ve also run the cross country…”
  3. Ask a question
  4. Proofread

We wrote comments on each others posts and critiqued the comments.

From here:
Can we write good comments on other peoples' blogs?
Can we teach the rest of our class what we learned?

Happy blogging! 

Using Bubbl.us for Brainstorms - Giving Instructions

Have a look at our student blogs where we experimented with https://bubbl.us/ to brainstorm giving good instructions