- Respond to a simple question from something you are reading as a class.
- Give two examples of sentences that use a grammar rule you recently taught.
- Write an imaginary grocery list or a Saturday "to do" list of a favourite character from a novel you are reading as a group.
- List the pro and cons of their last summer job.
- Make a menu for a virtual dinner party with a theme from a novel.
- Share a humorous experience.
- Assign each student a character in a book or play and have the student post a short blog each week from the character's perspective including details from the book
- Assist the students in the creation of a group blog about things they wish a non-ESL student would understand; students could work in pairs and take turns posting. Representatives from your non-ESL classes could respond.
- Begin a blog about a hobby or passion of yours and have students respond to your blog and make individual blogs of their own related to their own unique hobbies and interests.
- Create a blog about a local interest story, community or environmental issues, or other current event topic and have each student respond to a different aspect of the issue.
3. Blogging for Community Connections
- Posting an interview a student has done with a local personality.
- Inviting a guest blogger from a minority-owned business to post about his or her own educational journey.
- If many of your students are from the same country you can invite a guest blogger from another blog site from the same geographic region (maybe a foodie, or photographer, or writer) to write something inspirational to your students.
- Identifying a former student who can be a guest blogger can be a good way to get students interacting in a blog through asking questions
- Using the blog to interactively plan a class trip and discuss the options for activities and places to eat.
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