Richardson suggests the following scaffolding for blogging. I believe the increasing complexity reflects both the age as well as the skill level of the blogger.
- Model the deconstruction of site design for students.
- Model how to write about what is useful at a site as well as what is missing or what would make more useful.
- Provide students with sites to write about.
- Ask students to find interesting and relevant sites to write about.
- “[Recruit] an audience [teachers, friends, parents] to interact with students, allowing them to begin exploring what it means to write with an ear for readership and enter into conversations about ideas” (33)
- Have student ask questions and reflect on answers from primary sources: authors, scientists, historians
- Compare information from different sources
- Reflect on the process of determining which sources are trustworthy and which are not
- Structure ways to integrate reader response
- Extended topic of study and reflection