Quality Commenting On Our Blog

The students in 4B are enjoying learning about blogging through our class blog.

Each day, we:

  • Look at the class blog
  • Read the newest post and/or blog comments on the post
  • Change our place value chart to represent the number of visitors our blog has had overall.
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We have a quick place value chat each time we change our visitor count!

One of the major components of blogging is quality commenting. The students have learnt how to write a quality comment in class, and Miss Jordan is happy with how they are going with their commenting skills.

Writing comments on our class blog is beneficial for learning because:

  • Students read each blog post carefully and respond to the post by writing a quality comment
  • Students actively practise their writing skills as they compose their blog comments
  • Students have an authentic audience for their writing via blog comments
  • Students connect with each other by having “commenting conversations” about their learning
  • Students share their learning experiences with their families via the blog and family members are encouraged to get involved and comment on our posts
  • Students continually reflect on their learning each time they view and comment on the blog, both at school and at home.
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4B students write quality comments on their iPads at school, and many also submit comments from home!

Miss Jordan made the poster below to help students remember how to compose a quality comment.

Quality Blog Comment Poster

Below are two examples of quality comments. The first is from our Pastel Portraits post. The second comment is from our Swimming Program post. What makes them quality comments?

 

Jema quality comment

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Alex quality comment

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Miss Jordan’s challenge – Submit a quality comment on our class blog! Use our “Writing a Quality Blog Comment” poster to help you!

What have you learnt about blogging so far this year?

What blog post have you enjoyed the most?

If you were in charge of writing a blog post, what would you write one about?

Can you provide a tip for writing a quality blog comment?

Stepping Up Our Blog Comments

Recently, Miss Jordan read a post about improving the quality of blog comments on Mrs Yollis’s class blog.

Titled, “Step-up to Commenting”, this terrific post introduced a new structure to writing paragraphs in a blog comment. This process can also be used for other genres of writing too!

To enhance the quality of blog comments, Mrs Yollis uses a chart similar to the one below to encourage her students to add more detail and information to their writing.

Step up to commenting 2

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Here is an example of a blog comment using the structure and colour code as described above.

Comment example

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Today during our literacy session, 4A and 4B wrote blog comments using this structure. They first had to draft their comment in their writing book, underlining the sentences using the colour code to ensure they had followed the structure correctly.

Here are two examples. Click on the images to view them in full size.

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Students then typed and submitted their blog comments on their iPads. It was great to see many quality comments being written during the session!

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As it is the last week of term two, the question students had to answer in their blog comment was:

What have you enjoyed about semester one?

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Thank you to Mrs Yollis for inspiring us to improve the quality of our blog comments!