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Metacognitive Blogs

You will be keeping a blog on your learning.  Every weekend I want you to reflect on what you learned in English.  You will write a 200-word blog that must be posted by midnight on the following Monday of the week it reflects.  Use the following questions to guide you.

  1. Describe some specific things you learned this week.
  2. Identify one or more specific concepts this week you found relatively easy to understand.
  3. Do those concepts share anything in common with other concepts you have found easy to understand in the past?  If so, what is common between them?
  4. Identify one or more specific concepts this week you found confusing.
  5. Do those concepts share anything in common with other concepts you have found confusing in the past?  If so, what is common between them?
  6. Identify at least one concept or skill you will devote more study and practice to.
  7. How well were you able to budget your time during this week?  Identify at least on thing you can do (starting today) to better manage your time.
  8. Describe at least one specific action you will take (starting today) to overcome your most significant learning obstacle.
  9. If the last action you took to overcome a learning obstacle was not successful, explain why.

Remember: YOU are ultimately responsible for your own learning.  No one can force you to learn, and no one can achieve your goals for you.


Final Blog of the Year

Some of you may have heard already that I will not be back at Thurgood Marshall next year.  I am in the process of interviewing at a school in Oakland, and chances are that is where I will be next year.  For you final blog I want you to write a letter to my future students telling what to expect if they have me as a teacher.  I want your blog to be in a letter format.  Start with:

Dear Student of Ms. Traverso,

You may choose to answer some, all or none of the following questions.

  1. The best thing about having Ms. Traverso as a teacher is . . .
  2. The hardest thing about having Ms. Traverso as a teacher is . . .
  3. One thing you must always remember to do in Ms. Traverso’s class is . . .
  4. When Ms. Traverso is angry you should . . .
  5. You can tell when Ms. Traverso is happy when . . .
  6. If you want to succeed in Ms. Traverso’s class you need to . . .

Add anything else that could be helpful to potential students (And I will have them read you letters, so be appropriate.)


Your Name

Your Grade


As always 250 words.

Blog Prompt #10

In 1968, Jane Elliot, a teacher in a small all white town in Iowa, divided her third grade class into blue-eyed and brown-eyed groups to teach them about discrimination.  Watch the video “A Class Divided.”

What is your initial reaction to this video?  What does this video say about racism and the efects it can have on people who experence racism?

WARNING: You will see young white children use the “n-word”.  If you are offended good, it’s offensive.

Blog Prompt #9

Define religion.  Is it a part of your life?  Why or why not?  How can and does religion affect society both positively and negatively?

Blog Prompt #8

In the last few weeks of the school year we will be exploring a different form of publishing, self publishing, specifically zines.  For this blog I want you to do two things.

1. Look up the definition of Zine (use either a dictionary service or wikipedia).  Answer the question: What is a zine?

2. Go to the website and look for examples of zines.  Find two zines that you would be interested in reading.  Tell me what they are and why they look interesting to you.

As always 200-250 word minimum.  Writing more is always encouraged.

Blog Prompt #7

Watch the clip from “A Girl Like Me” (it can also be found on  Why do the children  choose one baby as the good baby and one as the bad baby?  Where did they learn this?  How do you think the children view themselves?  How will this affect their level of self respect and self love when they get older?  How does  society and the world we live in affect the reactions of the children?  What does it say about our society?  (At least 250 words)

Blog Prompt #6

Go to the website for project implicit. Take the featured test on the US election 2008.  It should take you about 10 minutes to take the test.  When you are done write about your results.  What do they say about you and your implicit reactions to things?  What do you think of the test?  How do you think the results can inform the researchers?  If you have time take some of the other tests on their web site. (200 words or more)

Blog Entry #5: Choice

This is a “choice” blog.  Meaning you can write about whatever you want.  It just has to be at least 200-250 words.  Any topic is fine as long as it is something that is important to you.

4th and 6th Period: Blog #4

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.  What can be done to prevent child abuse? (200-250 words)

Below are some statistics to think about.

child abuse in USA - statistics

4th Period and 6th Period: Blog Prompt #3

Go to blog. Find three blog posts there that make you laugh. Discuss those three posts on your blog (250+ words), telling me what they are and why you thought they were funny.

Remember if I don’t have your blog address I can’t give you a grade.  Post your name and blog address on my blog site so I can give you credit for all your work.

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