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Week 10: See You Next Semester!

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Today is our last blogging class of the semester. Make sure I know which blog post you want featured in our Culmination Party display. Then you may work on whatever you like.

Have fun!

“Extra Credit”

Remember to enter the Homeschool Kids Blog Carnival! And then be sure to go visit all the other homeschool bloggers when the carnival is posted at the end of this month.

Also, there are still a few more weeks in the student blogging challenge. Check it out, and try any of the ideas that sound interesting.


Week 9: Organize Your Blog with Categories

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Now that you have several blog posts published, it’s time to think about organizing your blog. An organized blog makes it easy for your readers to find the type of story they are looking for. And it can help you, too, by giving you ideas about what to write. (Whichever category has the fewest things in it, that’s a good one for your next post!)

But first, let’s warm up our brains with some editing practice…

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Week 8: Watch Out for Spam!

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Oops! Posting the lesson a little late this week. As we near the end of our homeschool blogging class semester, we want to spend as much time as possible working on our blogs. But still, we have a few things left to learn. Today we will talk about how to recognize a spam comment. But first, let’s warm up our brains with some editing practice…

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Week 7: Inventory & Goals

Toby using a computer. For real.

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We have about one month left in our homeschool co-op semester, so now is a good time to look back at what we’ve accomplished and to look ahead at what we want to work on for these last few weeks. But first, let’s warm up our brains with some editing practice…

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Week 6: Comments, Comments, and More Comments


[Video by Mrs. Yollis's class: How to Compose a Quality Comment.]

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Week 5: Reader-Friendly Editing and Format

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The things that make a photograph dramatic — strong contrast and intriguing shapes — also work to make a blog post that draws attention and is easy to read.

You want the reader to come back to your blog and read more, right?

This week in our blogging class, we will learn how to make reading your posts easy and fun!

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Week 4: Photos, Videos, & Giving Credit Where It’s Due

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In our homeschool co-op blogging class this week, we are talking about Copyright and how to give someone credit for their work.

For bloggers, “giving credit” usually means linking. Be generous with your links — that’s what makes the internet go ’round!

But first, let’s warm up our brains with some editing practice…

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Week 3: The Sidebar is for Your Readers

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Here we go with another technical lesson, working to make our homeschool co-op class blogs more reader-friendly.

Did you know that the main point of the sidebar is to help your readers, not for you? That’s true!

So today we’ll find out how to make it as helpful as possible.

But first, let’s warm up our brains …

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Week 2: How Do You Get Ideas?

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When you sit down at the computer and face a blank screen, how do you think of something to write?

This is our second week of the homeschool co-op blogging class, and it’s time to get started on the fun part of blogging: writing and commenting!

But first, let’s warm up our brains with some editing practice…

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Week 1: A Blogger’s First Steps

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Hello, and welcome to our first class session! Today, we will get your blog up and running, and we should have some time left to play around with themes.

Editing Tip: Sentence Fragments

Every week in class, we will spend a little time with our textbook, DownWRITE Funny by Randy Larson. This week, we’re talking about one of the two most common student errors: Sentence Fragments.

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