My grade 10 Chemistry students have been blogging all semester. I told them from the beginning that we would have one assessed blog post. In general, the blog posts have been about the book we’re reading, The Case of the Frozen Addicts, by Dr. Bill Langston and Jon Palfreman. Below, I am linking the blog post that each of the students chose for their assessed blog post. One of the components of their rubric (Linked Here) requires them to respond to comments (if possible). Therefore, I’m hoping to have a number of comments for each post that students can use to engage with an audience. One quick note: Students were allowed to re-post something from earlier and choose this for their assessed blog post. I did this for a few reasons: First, students were writing earlier “just to write.” I wanted to honor their work and allow them to choose one of their previous posts for assessment. Second, students didn’t have the rubric for their first few blog posts. Therefore, even for students re-submitting work it’s likely they have to do some editing to match the rubric. And third, given that they weren’t assessed on earlier blog posts, I didn’t see a conflict in allowing them to choose a previous post.
A quick note about the rubric: The first 6 marks come from the content of the blog post. I used the style of the current DP Sciences rubric for labs, as I liked the idea of being able to assess three distinct areas of their writing. The Communication and Personal Engagement rubrics are modified from the new DP Sciences rubric for their Internal Assessment. I wanted to assess communication, and given that their blogging is encouraged to be personal, I wanted to honor that with the Personal Engagement portion of the overall rubric.
Therefore, I kindly ask that you find a blog post below (or more than one!) and read/comment on the post. My students will enjoy – and benefit from – the interaction.
Student 1 Blog Post (A.S. discussing MPTP and The Case of the Frozen Addicts)
Student 2 Blog Post (I.Y., discussing animal testing, added to list on 22 May)
Student 3 Blog Post (P.T., discussing animal and human testing, added to list on 28 May)
Student 4 Blog Post (R.A., discussing transplants and Parkinson’s Disease, added on 28 May)
Student 5 Blog Post (A.E., discussing human versus animal testing, added on 29 May)
Student 6 Blog Post (C.V., discussing animal testing, added on 30 May)
Student 7 Blog Post (I.S., discussing animal testing, added on 30 May)
Student 8 Blog Post (J.M. discussing animal testing, added on 30 May)
Student 9 Blog Post (Y.S., discussing the war on drugs, added on 30 May)
Student 10 Blog Post (Z.G., discussing the use of fetal tissue in transplants, added on 30 May)
Student 11 Blog Post (N.B., discussing the ethics of testing, humans and animals, added on 30 May)
Student 12 Blog Post (J.C., discussing Huntington disease, added on 30 May)
Student 13 Blog Post (U.D., discussing Parkinson’s and depression, added on 30 May)
Student 14 Blog Post (I.U., discussing drug discovery and our guest speaker, Dr. David Foley, added on 30 May)
Student 15 Blog Post (V.C., discussing animal testing, added on 30 May)
Student 16 Blog Post (M.C., discussing animal testing, added on 30 May)
Student 17 Blog Post (M.H., discussing hallucinations, added on 2 June)
Student 18 Blog Post (D.S., discussing research on MPTP, added on 2 June)
Student 19 Blog Post (A.S., discussing the ubiquitous disagreement about animal testing, added on 5 June)