MA Reading Education
Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Education
College of Education
Committee Member 1
fourth grade, fictional texts
Blogs; Composition (Language arts)
Elementary Education and Teaching
The purpose of this study was to investigate how students in a fourth grade classroom used blogging when responding to texts. Students were required to write a blog post about the fictional text that they were currently reading. In the posts, I encouraged students to incorporate details and well-developed responses. Students were given freedom to write without a prompt to guide their responses. After the students wrote their initial posts, they had the freedom to read their classmates' entries and comment, developing an online community. Throughout this study, I have analyzed student engagement, motivation, writing skills, quality of responses, and interactions between classmates through the use of the blog. I found that blogs provide a new platform for students to learn from each other, allow students to feel comfortable interacting with their classmates, and motivate them to read texts based on their classmates' suggestions.
Bakan, Jessica, "The impact of blogs in the classroom: a qualitative analysis of elementary students using blogs to respond to texts" (2017). Theses and Dissertations. 2348.