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Checklist For Language Arts Blog

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Goal: Students will be able to use a blog as an intellectual tool for their language arts class. Objective: Given Internet access, students will demonstrate proficiency in the following objectives using Blogger.com, which will be graded according to the following checklist. YES ____________ 1. Set up a new blog on Blogger.com 1.1 Navigate to Blogger.com home page 1.2 Click “Get Started” 1.3 On the “Create a Google Account” Page, enter e-mail 1.4 Retype e-mail 1.5 Enter and retype password 1.6 Enter a display name 1.7 Enter your birthday 1.8 Complete the Word Verification box 1.9 Read “Terms of Acceptance” and check the box __________ _________ NO

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1.10 Click “Continue “ 1.11 On the “Name Your Blog” page, type blog title 1.12 Retype blog title as part of the blog address 1.13 On the “Verify Your Identity” page, click “text” 1.14 Choose “United States” from the drop down menu 1.15 Enter mobile phone number for a verification code (Use this number: 330-239-1234) 1.16 Once you have your verification code, enter it in the box and click “verify” 1.17 Type blog title, and retype it in following box 1.18 Click “Continue” 1.19 Choose one of the templates 1.20 Click “Continue” to complete set-up Notes:

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___________ 2. Generate two posts, including an introductory post and a post pertaining to the current literature selection as determined by your language arts teacher. 2.1 Once your blog is set up, click “Start Blogging” 2.2 Enter a title for your introductory post 2.3 Enter your post in the large text box (Above the text box is a tool bar. If you move the __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________

mouse over each tool, you can find out what the tools do.) 2.4 After completing the text for your introductory __________ __________ post, click “preview” to see how it will look on the page and to check for errors in spelling, spacing, etc. 2.5 Click “Publish Post” then “View Blog” to see your post __________ __________ 2.6 At the top right, click on “New Post to begin your second post. 2.7 Repeat steps 2.2 through 2.5 for your second post relating to your language arts literature selection __________ __________ __________ __________

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___________ 3. Edit your posts 3.1 From the View Blog screen, click “New Post” in the upper right side of the page. 3.2 Click “Edit Posts” in the upper left side of the page 3.3 Next to each post you will find the word “Edit” Click the “Edit” next to the post to be changed 3.4 You will see your post with a toolbar just above the text. You can use the various text editing tools to make changes 3.5 Click the orange “Publish Post” button and “View” Notes: __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________

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____________ 4. Add a link to information relevant to the literature selection in the post (This could be a link to information on the author, historical information on the setting of the book, information about a controversial topic from the book, etc.) 4.1 From the View Blog screen, click “New Post” in the upper right side of the page 4.2 Click “Edit Posts” in the upper left side of the page __________ __________ __________ __________

4.3 Next to each post you will find the word “Edit” Click the “Edit” next to the post to be changed 4.4 Click “Link” midway on the toolbar

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4.5 In the “Text to Display” type the word that you want __________ __________ hyperlinked. (Example: If you want to link to author information for Uncle Tom’s Cabin, type Harriet Beecher Stowe in this box.) 4.6 Open a new web page, google the information want hyperlinked and copy the address from the address bar. __________ __________

4.7 Paste this address in the “To What URL Should This __________ __________ Go?” box 4.8 Click “Test this link” to make sure it works 4.9 Click “Ok” Notes: __________ __________ __________ __________

_____________ 5. Add a picture relevant to the literature selection in the posts 5.1 Do a Google Images search for a relevant picture 5.2 Copy the address from the page this picture is on and paste it into the “URL here” box. 5.3 Click on “Add selected” Notes: __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________

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