As blogs are worth 20% of your final grade, it is important for you to know and understand exactly how I am assessing them.
There are three general areas that I consider while marking your blogs:
- Meaningful and Relevant Blogging /4
- Explaining and Supporting your Ideas in Blogs /4
- Meaningful and Respectful Blog Interaction /4
You will be given progress reports throughout the semester with ‘to date’ blog marks, in order to track your personal progress in each of these areas. At the end of the semester, upon review of your entire blog, I will assign final marks in these areas (this is where the 20% of your final mark comes from).
I assess the blogs based on the curricular outcomes at each grade level (therefore, I have slightly different expectations of a grade 10 blog than a grade 12 blog). Having said that, the following ‘big questions’ guide me in assessing all blogs. Please consider them when completing your blog assignments:
Are you addressing the questions asked of you?
Are you making meaningful, thoughtful and authentic blog entries?
Are you supporting your ideas with specific evidence and/or logical reasons?
Are your ideas clear and fully explained with consideration of your audience?
When asked, are you able to meaningfully reflect on your assignments and identify areas for improvement?
Are you making meaningful, thoughtful and authentic comments on other people’s blogs?
Are you being respectful when discussing others’ ideas in your blog and when commenting on others’ blogs, even when you disagree with their ideas?
Is there evidence in your blogs, comments and discussion that you are seeking out and using others’ ideas to develop your own ideas?
Note: Your blogs are not assessed for technical aspects (such as spelling, punctuation, grammar, etc.) however, you are encouraged to present your best writing, as your blog will be published for others to read.