If you choose this option for your quarter 1 individual project, follow these directions:

Keeping your Blog:

  • Turn in your signed parent permission form first.

  • Go to and create your Blog.

  • Write in your Blog at least once a week, but preferably more

  • Blog entries should equal about 2,000 words in all.

  • Title each Blog entry.

  • Take advantage of hyperlinks and connect to web media that pertains to your area of interest.

  • To hand in, send your teacher an email with your Blog's url.

What goes in your Blog?
The following are suggestions that will help you create a well rounded Blog that will help you grow in media literacy. Try to include as many of these suggestions as possible. Be as specific as you can in your entries. Support what you say with reasons or examples or both.

  • As you watch TV, read articles or listen to songs, write down your impressions of methods or concepts that you find interesting. For example, why do you think a character is interesting, or what do you think about a technique used in a movie, music video or a commercial?

  • Make lists or note lyrics of favorite songs, rock videos, TV shows or other media and explain why you like them.

  • Make note of media experiences that you really dislike and say why.

  • Write about media experiences that affect you emotionally or physically. For example, include experiences that invoke anger, tears, laughter or nausea.

  • Collect articles and clippings that you find interesting, particularly as they are examples of concepts that you have learned about or discussed in class.

  • Make links to media messages and comment on them.

  • Write down ways you think you are changing your use of media (that is how you interpret what you see and hear) as a result of your study of media.

  • Write about cultural or political issues that are present in the media and comment on biases, techniques used or other aspects of the media event. Link to web sites that connect with these issues.


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