News Blog Main Page

A. Choose an article: There are some links on the front page of the wiki or just cruise the web.

There are different types of news: Your teacher may tell you which type to report on. If not, choose an article and state which type of news it is in your first sentence or main idea.
Here are the types:

Entertainment and Sports
Science and Technology
Political News: National, Local, and International
Current Event
Human Interest

B. After reading the article:

  • Go to the discussion tab. It is the second icon on the right side of the page. It looks like a push pin.
  • Click "New Post". A window will pop up. Write the name of the article in the subject box.
  • Type today's date.
  • Type your name
  • Summarize the article in a paragraph.
  • Include your personal thoughts at the end of your paragraph. Here are some questions to help you with this:

1. Give your thoughts or opinions about this article.

2. Address a couple issues.

3. Why did it interest you?

4. Is it important? Do you feel that it is relevant? Why do you feel this way?

5. What group of people do you feel will be most concerned with the topic of this article and why do you feel they will be more concerned than the general population?

6. Who should read this article and why should they read it?

C. Finally make a link to the article you read.
Here are the directions for doing this:
  • Open a new tab.
  • Go to the article
  • Copy the URL
  • Paste it into the box after your summary and hit the space bar once.
  • Hit post and check that a link was created.

D. Now, comment on two or more other students' articles: These comments are called threads. You can also comment on other students' comments. This is when a "real" discussion is happening!

1. Type your name and the date. Example: Paula 7/15/2015
2. Type your comments. Here are some ideas on how to comment:
  • Do you agree, why or why not?
  • What else should be considered and why?
  • What else do you know about this? If you have a link or source with additional information, copy and paste it into your thread.
  • Example: The Idaho Statesman "Nuke Waste to Stay in Idaho"
  • Suggest that they read something else that may or may not be connected to the articles topic and explain why you feel that this person should read your suggestion.

E.. Feel good about yourself: informed, worthy of an opinion, knowledgeable, and mature.