Developing Blogging Skills: Simple Rubric

I’ve been toying with the idea of creating a blogging scope and sequence for a while. However, something about that idea makes me uncomfortable. I don’t like the thought of limiting blogging skills to certain age levels.

For example, a number of my grade two students were sourcing and attributing Creative Commons materials for blog posts, and using HTML in comments. These sorts of skills would probably not appear in the grade two section of any blogging scope and sequence.

I find blogging to be a fantastic avenue for students to work at their own pace, while developing their skills as far as their capabilities and interests allow.

A number of teachers who are introducing blogging into their classrooms have asked me what they should teach their students next. I decided a simple rubric might help blogging teachers and students to gain ideas on how skills can be developed. It could also be used to assess student or class blogs, however that is not the intention.

I have borrowed a couple of ideas from Kim Cofino’s Blogging Scope and Sequence (with permission), while incorporating many of the ideas I have developed through blogging with my students.

Educational Blogging Rubric

If you are having trouble viewing/downloading the rubric, you can access the PDF here K Morris Blogging Rubric November 2012

What would you add to the rubric?

How could you use this document?

Blogging Rubric

Thanks to Sue Waters, I recently came across this blogging rubric that was created by Clarence Fisher as a way to assess student blog posts.

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As the new school term is about to begin and I plan to get more of my Grade Two students creating blog posts this term, the discovery of this rubric was timely for me.

When I taught my students how to write quality blog comments earlier in the year, I found having a framework really helped. Click here to read more about how I taught commenting skills to my students.

While I wouldn’t use a blogging rubric as an actual assessment tool that students receive a grade for, I think it would be a useful reference point and framework for students aiming to write high quality blog posts.

Have you used a rubric or other reference point for blogging?

Would you use a rubric like this in your classroom?