Co-op Class: Fall Schedule

by Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

Our new homeschool co-op year is about to start, and we have two veteran bloggers coming back to the class (Kitten and Curlyben), along with a passel of newbies ranging from 8 to 14 years old.

We’ll be meeting on Monday afternoons for 50 minutes each week, and I expect the students to do at least an hour of work on their blogs at home between classes. Of course, as any blogger knows, one can easily spend many hours a day updating, browsing, and commenting on blogs…

About the Class

In addition to talking about rss feeds and sidebar widgets and all the other basics of blogging, I hope to work with the students to improve their writing and editing skills. We’ll be using DownWRITE Funny by Randy Larson as a “textbook” for editing exercises and for occasional silly writing prompts. Of course, if the kids are anything like my last class, they will be capable of profound silliness without any prompting.

I will encourage the students to sign up for the Challenge Yourself to Blog program, too, although we’ll make the challenges optional. It looks like a good way to “meet” other student bloggers from around the world.

Tentative Lesson Plans

Based on our experiences last semester, I’ve planned out a list of lesson topics. We only have 10 weekly class sessions before our holiday break, compared to 12 weeks last time, so the plan seems a little rushed to me. Of course, I’ll be tinkering with things right up to class time each week. We’ll see how it goes.

As we progress through the year, I will keep an updated list and post homework assignments on my Co-op Class Schedule page, but here are my initial thoughts:

  • Week 1: Copyrights, & How Do You Get Ideas
    Editing: Recognize sentence fragments.
    Homework: Hello World post and About page.
  • Week 2: Blogroll & Sidebar Widgets
    Editing: Recognize run-on sentences.
    Homework: Write a post & write one or more comments.
  • Week 3: Photos, Videos, & Giving Credit Where It’s Due
    Editing: More practice with run-ons.
    Homework: Work on a post & write one or more comments.
  • Week 4: Homeschool Kids Blog Carnival
    Editing: Active vs. passive voice.
    Homework: Work on a post & write one or more comments.
  • Week 5: Reader-Friendly Editing and Format
    Editing: Know your audience.
    Homework: Work on a post & write one or more comments.
  • Week 6: Spam Comments & Introduction to HTML
    Editing: Tone of voice.
    Homework: Work on a post & write one or more comments.
  • Week 7: Inventory & Goals
    Editing: Smooth transitions.
    Homework: Work on a post & write one or more comments.
  • Week 8: Finding New Readers
    Editing: Focus on specifics.
    Homework: Work on a post & write one or more comments.
  • Week 9: Organization (Categories and Tags)
    Editing: Similes and metaphors.
    Homework: Work on a post & write one or more comments.
  • Week 10: Blogger’s Choice
    Homework: Have a great vacation!

Any Suggestions?

I would love to hear feedback from other bloggers. Do you see any gaps in my plan? What are the most important things for a new blogger to know? What advice would you give my students?

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