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Civic Legal Investigation: Blogging

Resources for the Year 8 study of civic and legal investigations

What is a blog?

blog

[blawg, blog]

noun

1. a website containing a writer's or group of writers' own experiences, observations, opinions, etc., and often having images and links to other websites.

2. a single entry or post on such a website: 'She regularly contributes a blog to the magazine's website'.

verb

(used without object), blogged, blogging.

3. to maintain or add new entries to a blog.

verb

(used with object), blogged, blogging.

4. to express or write about on a blog: She’s been blogging her illness for almost a year.

Source: Dictionary.com

Useful Links

Getting Started

Components of a blog post

1. Title

Is the title of your post should engage the reader, make them want to read more.

2. Introduction

Your opening paragraph should clearly outline the purpose of the blog post. What is your position on your topic.

3. Structure

Planning for a blog post might be the same as planning for a persuasive essay, but the format of the blog post allows you to integrate mixed-media into post. Include links, pictures and video to support your blog post. Make it interesting

4. Links

Include at least five links out to other web sites to embed your post into the collective 'knowledge bank' of the internet. Embed your links into your text so that the reader can connect with the content, or seek further explanation on a term or reference. But remember to use citethisforme to include properly cited resources at the bottom of the post.

5. Images

Include at least one image in your blog post. It doesn't have to be a direct representation of the topic you are discussing, it could be a cartoon, or an image that evokes a feeling. Remember to acknowledge the source of the image, unless you have taken the image yourself. 

6. References

Use citethisforme to list the references that you have used in your blog post clearly at the bottom of the post.