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Every book begins with a Blog Helper. Children use a multiple-choice format to structure their response and get them started on their reading journey. This is replaced with a sentence starter as the story progresses.
Teachers and children have an online dialogue through blog entries. Teachers can write detailed feedback or post from a series of options. They can also select top blogs to share with the class.
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Question-writers strive to create distractors that are plausible but unambiguously wrong. It’s not easy to do, but when they get it right, it leads to difficult questions which are sometimes even harder than having a completely open question
Multiple-choice questions help children consider each question carefully; all the distractors (possible answers) are plausible and children need to check the text to be sure of the answers. Students answer two to five comprehension questions (which vary from student to student), and MyBookBlog lets them know if they have answered correctly. Adults can view children’s responses and check to see whether they need support.
Children vote on interesting issues raised in the story. After casting their vote, the website reveals how many children selected the same option.
Within each chapter, there are possible ‘jumping off points’ where children are given the opportunity to explore non-fiction facts relating to the book they are reading.
Fact-files include silly jokes, impressive facts and collectable cards.
Every activity completed is stored on the child’s homepage. The more they read, the more content they will have on their homepage.
The collectable cards link to a time line and map .
Human Wonders/Natural Wonders
Amphibians/Reptiles/Fantasy creatures/Birds/Invertebrates/Extinct creatures
Famous people/Kings and Queens/Sporting Legends
Children are given the opportunity to rate, review and recommend books. This allows them to consider other’s views when making book choices. Teachers approve children’s reviews before they are published.
When children have finished a book, MyBookBlog gives them a recommendation for a new read.
2 Choosing Which Words to Teach: Three Tier Model of Vocabulary Words Beck, I.L., McKeown, M.G., & Kucan, L. (2002). Bringing words to life.New York, NY: The Guilford Press.
3 Christodoulou, D (November 2015) Why the key to multiple choice is wrong answers. Times Education Supplement