Sei sulla pagina 1di 8

Copyright 2014, Red River Press Inc. For use by members of ESL-library.com in accordance with membership terms.

1
Writing
Did you know...
The word blog is short for web log. A log is a
record of events. Teachers, pilots, and students keep
logs. Bloggers do, too. A blogger is a person who
blogs. The word blog can be a noun and a verb.
Lesson Objective
In this lesson, you will learn some helpful tips about
blogging. Youll get a chance to practice blogging on
paper before you blog online. Youll also learn how to
keep spammers away!
Writing Warm-Up
Choose one of the following three
topics. Write for fve minutes in
your notebook or on the back of
your paper. Do not correct your
writing. Aim for quantity rather
than quality.
Vocabulary Preview
Match these words to their correct defnitions.
a)
b)
c)
d)
e)
f)
g)
h)
i)
j)
k)
l)
the general subject for a series of posts
to write posts for a blog
a person who writes and publishes blog posts
a title for a paragraph or section of a post
a single blog entry
short for web log, an online journal or series of written posts
a keyword that you add to a blog to help online users fnd useful information
text that takes you to a diferent webpage when you click on it
to publish a blog post
to assess if something is acceptable
inappropriate or unwelcome marketing
a response or opinion
blog (noun)
blog (verb)
blogger
hyperlink
tag
category
heading
comment
post (noun)
post (verb)
moderate
spam
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
1. Write about your favorite blog.
Whats it about? Why do you like reading it?
2. Why do you think blogging is a popular form of written expression?
3. How could blogging improve your English skills?
S
a
m
p
l
e
Copyright 2014, Red River Press Inc. For use by members of ESL-library.com in accordance with membership terms. 2
How to Write a Blog Post
Writing
3. Formatting
Blog platforms have many bells and whistles. This means you can add colored text,
italics, bold, images, videos, hyperlinks and more. Be careful. If you use too many
details, your blog post will be difcult to read. Use simple formatting, and make
sure there is blank space between paragraphs.
Rewrite the formatting tip above in your own words. This is called paraphrasing.
Introduction to Blogging
1. Title
Choose a short title that is keyword rich. This means people might type the same
words into a search engine. Use a capital letter for the frst letter of the important
words in your blog post. Make sure there are no spelling mistakes in your title.
Which of the following is a good title? Why arent the other titles as good?
I AM GOING TO TELL YOU HOW TO WRITE A BLOG POST
How to Write a Blog Post
This Is How You Write Your First Blog Post EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My summer vacation was so good I will blog about it.
2. Subject
Choose a subject that readers will be interested in.
Put yourself in the readers shoes. Would you read a
post on this topic? What would you want to know?
Do you know a lot about your subject? Use the blanks
on the right to write down a few subjects that you
would beinterested in blogging about.
S
a
m
p
l
e
Copyright 2014, Red River Press Inc. For use by members of ESL-library.com in accordance with membership terms. 3
How to Write a Blog Post
Writing
4. Paragraphs and Headings
A blog post should be separated into paragraphs, just like any piece of writing.
One or two paragraphs may be enough. Blog posts should not be too long. In a
blog post, you can use headings to separate new ideas. Headings should be in
a bold font. It may be larger than the main body text. A few headings will keep
your readers interested in your blog post.
6. Proofreading and Publishing
After you write your blog post, save it as a draft.
Dont publish it yet! Come back a little bit later and
read the post out loud to yourself. Fix any mistakes
you see. Check your spelling! If you are happy with
your post, publish it and share it.
PUBLISHING CHECKLIST
Did I use a good title?
Did I format my title correctly?
Did I choose an interesting subject?
Did I include a hook?
Did I separate my thoughts into paragraphs?
Did I use headings?
Did I invite comments or discussion?
Did I proofread my work before publishing?
5. Opening and Closing a Post
Find a way to catch the readers interest right from
the beginning of your post. These are called hooks.
Can you think of some more examples?
At the end of your blog post, give the reader a reason
to leave a comment. Ask another question, or invite
readers to share their own ideas or links. You may
need to moderate comments to keep marketers
from ruining your blog with spam.
EXAMPLES OF HOOKS
a question
a quote
PROOFREADING PRACTICE
Go back to the piece of writing that you wrote in
the warm-up on page 1. Read it through one time.
Then read it again and check for spelling mistakes,
grammar mistakes, and poor punctuation. Check
your capitalization, too. Fix your mistakes directly
on the page.
Introduction to Blogging, continued
S
a
m
p
l
e
Copyright 2014, Red River Press Inc. For use by members of ESL-library.com in accordance with membership terms. 4
How to Write a Blog Post
Writing
Reading Practice Sample Blog Post
Read the sample blog post. Discuss the post with a partner. What important
features does this post include? Discuss the formatting, organization, and content.
Tips for First-Time ELL Bloggers [Title]
By New Blogger 1 [Blog Author]
Are you an English language learner (ELL)? Have you ever thought about blogging? Blogging is a great way to
practice your reading and writing. It will also help you increase your vocabulary. [Hook]
[Space]
You dont have to be an advanced writer to blog. All you need is a computer and an Internet connection.
Choose a blog platform. There are many free ones to choose from. Give your blog a name, and get started!
Set Achievable Goals [Heading]
At frst you might think you will blog every day. This is difcult to do. You may run out of time and ideas. Its
better to set a goal that you can stick to. Can you blog once a week, or every other Saturday? Commit to your
goal. Sign a goal-making contract. [Hyperlink]
What Will You Blog About? [Heading]
Are you going to write fction or essays? Are you going to write about current events? You dont have to blog
about only one topic, but it does help to think of a target audience. A blog about dogs is interesting to dog
lovers. A blog about Canada is interesting to people who want to visit Canada. A blog about vocabulary is
interesting to people who want to practice their vocabulary. You can have diferent categories in your blog.
Comments [Heading]
After you write your frst blog post, open it up for comments. Be sure to read and reply to every comment.
This is how you will grow your readership.
Share [Heading]
After you publish your post, share it with your email contacts and social media networks. People may
subscribe to your blog. Do you have a blog already? Share a link to your blog in the comments below!
[Closing that encourages interaction]
Tags: blogging, blogs, English [Include keywords that are searchable online]
Categories: How-To, for English learners, Writing [Indicate which subcategory this post belongs in]
Comments [2]
ESL guy: I am an English learner. Im from Korea. I just came across your blog post. I want to blog, too!
[reply] New Blogger 1: Thanks for stopping by. Come back and share a link to your frst blog post!
S
a
m
p
l
e
Copyright 2014, Red River Press Inc. For use by members of ESL-library.com in accordance with membership terms. 5
How to Write a Blog Post
Writing
Comprehension Questions
What have you learned so far? Answer and discuss these questions in pairs or as a class.

1. What is the origin of the word blog?
2. Why should a blog post not have a lot of bells and whistles?
3. What should a blog post start with? Give an example.
4. What can a blogger do to get more comments?
5. Why is it useful to add tags to a blog post?
Vocabulary Review Fill in the Blanks
Complete the sentence with a word or phrase from page 1.
In the brackets, indicate the part of speech.

1. ( ) about a topic that you know a lot about.
2. Dont forget to add ( ) so that people who
are searching for information can fnd your post.
3. Before you ( ) your blog, proofread it!
4. ( ) should be in bold. They describe the
subject of a paragraph.
5. If you click on a ( ), it will take you to
a new web page.
S
a
m
p
l
e
Copyright 2014, Red River Press Inc. For use by members of ESL-library.com in accordance with membership terms. 6
How to Write a Blog Post
Writing

1. I love your blog. Great writing! Your readers
will love these discount handbags and
shoes. (User Discount77)
2. This post about your trip to New York City
was interesting. Did you see the Statue of
Liberty? (User Carly)
3. Great writing. Your website has a nice look
and feel. Try this medicine for back pain.
(User Meds4U)
4. You are so interesting. Ive never read
anything like this. (User OnlineGamer)
5. Its great to fnd another mommy blogger.
I found your bathing tips useful. Thanks!
(User MamaMeg)
Moderating Comments
Most blog platforms give you a choice. You can
choose to allow all comments or you can moderate
comments. When you moderate comments, you are
the frst to see them. This prevents spammers from
ruining your blog. Spammers are people who add
links to products and other sites that are unrelated to
your topic. Spam is a big problem for bloggers! Look
at the commenters name and email address when
you moderate comments.
Which of the following comments are probably
legitimate? (Write legit.) Which are likely spam?
(Write spam.)
Writing Task Write Your Own
Paper-Based Blog Post
Write a new draft of the warm-up you wrote on page 1. Use the space below to rewrite
your piece in the format of a blog post. Review the tips you learned on pages 2 and 3.
Proofread your post later today or tomorrow.
(You could also type your post on a computer and print it.)
Comments
Share your paper-based blog post with some classmates. Ask your classmates to
write a comment on the back of your page. It can be a legitimate comment or a
spam comment. Which comments will you accept? Which will you decline?
Are you ready to start blogging online? Find a blogging platform and get started!
S
a
m
p
l
e
Copyright 2014, Red River Press Inc. For use by members of ESL-library.com in accordance with membership terms. 7
How to Write a Blog Post
Writing
Teachers Answer Key
Comprehension Questions
1. The word blog comes from web log.
2. A blog post should not have a lot of bells and
whistles because it makes it too hard to read.
3. A blog post should start with a hook,
such as a quote or a question.
4. A blogger can ask for a response or feedback
from readers in order to get more comments.
5. It is useful to add tags to a blog post so that online users
can fnd your post when they search for a certain topic.
Vocabulary Review
1. Blog (verb) about a topic that you know a lot about.
2. Dont forget to add tags (noun) so that people who are
searching for information can fnd your post.
3. Before you publish/post (verb) your blog, proofread it!
4. Headings (noun) should be in bold.
They describe the subject of a paragraph.
5. If you click on a hyperlink (noun), it will take you to a new web page.
Reading Sample Have students read and discuss the sample.
SPELLING NOTE: This lesson shows the American spelling of the
words Favorite, Colored, and Practice. Most other English-speaking
countries spell these words this way: Favourite, Coloured, and
Practise (when used as a verb, Practice when used as a noun).
Make it a challenge for your students to fnd these words in the
lesson and see if they know the alternate spellings.
a defnition
a problem
6. PROOFREADING PRACTICE
Students can do this for homework.
3. c
4. h
5. g
6. a
7. d
8. l
9. e
10. i
11. j
12. k
For extra vocabulary review and writing practice, have students
write their own defnitions another day. Cut-up strips are on page 8.
Introduction to Blogging
1. TITLE
NO (All caps, not necessary)
YES (Proper capitalization, good topic)
NO (Improper punctuation and capitalization)
NO (Poor wording and capitalization)
2. SUBJECT
Individual answers.
3. FORMATTING
Individual written answers (make sure students
arent copying word for word when paraphrasing).
4. PARAGRAPH
Read together. Discuss. You could also invite
students to fnd good examples of this online.
5. EXAMPLES OF HOOKS
a question
a quote
an interesting fact
LESSON DESCRIPTION:
In this lesson, students are introduced to blogging. They learn about
formatting and proofreading posts and moderating comments.
LEVEL: Intermediate
TAGS: writing, blogging, computers,
technology, diary, journal, weblog
Warm-Up
Invite students to choose one topic to write about. Give them 1015
minutes to write. Remind your students that they should write as
much as they can. This will not be marked. They must hang onto
this writing to use later, though.
Vocabulary Preview
1. f
2. b
Moderating Comments
1. spam 2. legit 3. spam 4. spam 5. legit
Writing Task
Have students rewrite their warm-up piece as a blog post. They can
do it on paper in the space provided or online. Give students time to
share and comment on each others posts. If your students want to
start blogging, help them fnd an appropriate blogging platform.
S
a
m
p
l
e
Copyright 2014, Red River Press Inc. For use by members of ESL-library.com in accordance with membership terms. 8
How to Write a Blog Post
Writing
Extra Vocabulary Practice (Optional)
Write defnitions in your own words. Cut up these vocabulary strips.
Challenge a partner to match the vocabulary to your defnition.
blog (noun)
blog (verb)
blogger
hyperlink
tag
category
heading
comment
post (noun)
post (verb)
moderate
spam
S
a
m
p
l
e