Six Word Memiors

Kind of like our Nano Fiction, every word counts and we are going to tell our story in just six words. This idea came from a book, Six Word Memoirs, published by SMITH Magazine. Everyone has a story, now tell it in six words. So, what is YOUR story?


Take some time to decide what you want your readers to know about you. Your six word memoir DOES NOT have to be connected to your blog theme. Once you have decided on the words, you must create an original visual illustrating your story. Be as creative as you can with the visual that describes the words.  Look at some of the examples from the SMITH Magazine, teen version.

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1. Six words

2. You create the visual. No pictures from the Internet, you must create the visual. You can use photography or create something and take a photo. Look at past students to get someideas. This is a great lesson to combine all your skills into one- art, technology, writing, creativity, etc.  Look at Ragini or Manaal for some ideas. Below is an example from Sharifa Al Thani.

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Blogging with a Passion

The class of 2018 from the American School of Doha is in their fourth week of blogging and they are on a roll. Blogging allows students to find their passion  and their voice as well as develop their writing skills.


Students create the grading rubric based on the AERO standards for 8th grade Language Arts curriculum. I encourage my readers to link on any of the student’s blogs found on the right under ASD 2014. Feel free to peruse their blogs and leave a message or two or three or four.

Interested in TV show reviews? Click on over to Kimia’s blog and see what she has to say about Supernatural, Gossip Girl, Castle, or Pretty Little Liars. Chloe has something to say about Castle and Body of Proof.  Wondering what book to read next? Well,  Ysabella will give you some suggestions. Many readers enjoy a series an

d Maryam has reviewed several options like, The False Prince, Theodosia Throckmortor or Artemis Fowl.  Should you “Read it, or leave it?”  Anshika will tell it to you if you should read the book or leave it. Helpful advise from all bloggers.

Ever wondered if John Henry was a real person? Spencer takes the time to evaluate and analyze legends and myths.

Hayat has decided to start writing her novel she has always wanted to write. So, start from the bottom of her blog and scroll up. Simon and Layla have been on the run for 17 weeks in the desire to protect their family. The story is told through the eyes of their daughter, Lana. If you aren’t interested in fiction, you can read about some real trials written under the pen name of Irene. Recently she gave an explanation of the Scott Peterson murder trial.

People who like gaming may enjoy Edward’s unique voice as he describes a newly arrived package? “A dusty package arrives in the mail. Eagerly anticipating the contents, I dashed towards it, heart aflutter. Has it finally came? I collect the parcel, and bring it to the kitchen. I slash away at it with a knife, and in a matter of minutes, the exquisite box lays before me. I leap for joy, a majestic, cobalt blue 3DS XL!”

For all you foodies, you can read Agnes’ blog to learn about how to include 3 different types of chocolate into mini- muffin. I get the feeling it is death by chocolate. More sweet treats can be found at Mishaal’s blog with an addition to the history of the item she is making. If you don’t like sweets, you can learn how to make salsa at Hailey’s blog.

There are many blogs in the entertainment category. Hop on over to Abdulaziz’s blog, They did What? and see what he has to say about some international celebrities.  Shaskia has strong voice in her writing as she reviews music and lyrics. Niall is passionate about music and he isn’t afraid to give his opinion. Anastasia takes the time to review particular musicians as well as providing tips to memorize music. Naura’s blog, Anime, will give you advice how to make your own Manga, “First of all, if you want to make a comic book, the most crucial things to have are dedication, persistence, patience, and basically a good attitude. You’ll also need to be resilient.”

Sports fan, I didn’t forget you. Many students are passionate about a particular sport and you are willing to pour your heart our for your sport or desired team. You will see such passion written at Stijn’s blog, Fishing Adventure. Ahmed will review soccer and Zayd will not hold back who he thinks are the greatest basketball players, “Even the bench players were better than some starters are now during the 90′s.  But on court, LeBron is a monster.”  If you wanted to know more about rugby, Hayden will set you straight.

The aforementioned blogs are just some of the amazing works of my awesome 8th graders. Please stop in anytime and comment on their blogs.

Improve Your Writing with Transitions

When working on this weeks post, you are to focus on transitions within the paragraphs as well as between paragraphs. Transitions help the reader to understand the content as well as increase the fluidity of the paragraph. Transitions also assist with the movement of your ideas.

Purdue University, situated in the lovely Midwestern state of Indiana, has a wonderful Online Writing Lab that has a wealth of information to assist in your writing needs today and for upcoming years. I have attached a link to transitional words that will assist you in this weeks focused standard.

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Blog 2 Post- Comma Usage

Hello everyone,

We are off to a strong start and I love reading about everyone’s interests. This week you will continue to write your blog , but you are allowed a little more words. You need to write your post between 300 and 400 words, this is all in your words. If you need to include lyrics or other information that is not in your words, it is not included in word count.

I’ve been asked if you should also take time to work on word choice. Go for it! If it will make your writing better and improve your writing skills, you should do it. You will also improve your vocabulary, and who doesn’t need to do that? However, with that being said, you will be assessed on Language Foundations (same as in the nano) for comma usage. Please note rubric below. Thank you blocks 2 & 3 for writing the rubric.


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Remember, give credit to the sources used. Use Noodletools. You can export the bibliography into a pdf and then copy and paste at the bottom of your post. Even if you didn’t quote something, but used a source to help you write the blog, you MUST give credit. 

Blog 1- 2014

Your first blog post will be graded on word choice.  You were graded on Word Choice with your Nano-Fiction so this entry will be another assessment. You are to look back at your vocabulary words and/or increase your vocabulary. You will write the post and include new or old vocabulary. BOLD the letters used and DEFINE at the end of the entry.

Remember, if you had to research to write your entry, make a NoodleTools bibliography and provide the link below the entry post.

The rubric below will guide you with your writing.This is a summative assessment for Word Choice.

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Welcome Class of 2018 Global Bloggers

Welcome to the world of blogging. Blogging in 8th grade is designed to provide you with a platform to express you opinions, interests or hobbies while improving your writing skills. Every week we will focus on a different standard and you, the student, will help form the grading rubric.

Your blogging experience will and should be closely connected to you as a person. For example, if you love baking, you can showcase your talents and research the background of one of your favorite foods. Also, you could look at one of the cooking/baking shows and reflect on your learning. Maybe you love reading. You can review books or research some of your favorite authors and write a post about them.  Take a look at some of the past blogs for some inspiration.

At the beginning of our Web 2.0 experience we talked about safety points when writing on the Internet and what freedom of speech and expression means as a blogger.   I thought it would be important to refresh your memory.


1. NEVER  give out personal information.

2.  Do not use your full name, use your pen name or only your first name.  For example, pink milkshake or Ian.

3. You are writing to a global audience, be mindful of the words you choose.

4.  Do not plagiarize on your blog.  Give credit when credit is due- for either information, videos, illustrations, etc.  Anything that is not yours needs to be cited, link to the source if it is found on the Internet.

5. Do not link anything to your blog before reading it yourself.  Take the time to make sure the link is appropriate and something you do not mind being associate with.

6. Use language that is acceptable in the classroom.  Remember, you are writing to a global audience.

7. When leaving comments, use the sandwich method: positive comment, suggestions to improve the post, words of encouragement. Be respectful towards others and their opinions.  Yes, there is freedom of expression, but it is your responsibility to uphold proper etiquette in your writing.

8.  Be a Fair-Minded Thinker (Writer)

Some of the information in this post was used from blogging 101.

Analyzing Blog #3 Post

Identifying BLOG 3

-Make a color key and identify each sentence with a particular color.

-Give total count at the end of the entry (ie. Simple-5, Compound-3, etc.)

-At the end of your post, add a paragraph analyzing and reflect on your writing. What have you noticed about yourself? What type of sentences do you naturally write? What do you need to change? What will you do to be a better writer?

Freedom of Expression

For your Freedom of Expression page, I would like you to take a moment to reflect on the word, freedom. What does it mean to me ? What does it mean to me as a person? Now, what does it mean to me as an international blogger? You may want to jot down some key point and think about your answers. When we begin blogging, keep this Page in mind.
What is freedom of speech? In the United States Constitution under the First Amendment:Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. What does this mean to you as a blogger? This does not mean that you have the right to say anything without consequences. Evaluate your thoughts before you make them global. The Internet is not something you can hide behind and flippantly cock your head and shrug you shoulder in a sign of arrogance. You must take precautions and put the appropriate time needed before posting. First, we need to break down what freedom means.
  • The condition of being free of restraints.
  • Liberty of the person from slavery, detention, or oppression.
  • Political independence.
  • Exemption from the arbitrary exercise of authority in the performance of a specific action; civil liberty: freedom of assembly.
  • The right to unrestricted use; full access: was given the freedom of their research facilities.
  • The capacity to exercise choice; free will: We have the freedom to do as we please all afternoon.

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Six-Word Memoir

This idea came from a book, Six Word Memoirs, published by SMITH Magazine. Everyone has a story, now tell it in six words.

Take some time to reflect on what 6 words you want to use. Be as creative as you can with the visual that describes the words.  Look at some of the examples from the SMITH Magazine, teen version.