Inspired by Comments4Kids, I am planning to start having my students leave comments on blogs written by people outside of our school building.
This will be a pretty exciting next-step for my students and their blogging project.
Before we start doing that, we will have to revisit our expectations for leaving a comment. Hopefully they will recall our classroom discussions around leaving comments. We talked a lot about how sometimes our comments are the only way we are known on a blog or on the internet. We need to think about what kind of impression we are making when we leave comments.
Here is what we use for our commenting expectations.
Pertinent It should connect to the original post, or original comment.
Positive You want to encourage the author.
Purposeful Only leave a comment when you have something to say.
Professional Use your best writing conventions - capitalization, punctuation, spelling, etc.