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Guidelines for Commenting on a Classmate’s Entry

Post your comment by midnight on Thursday each week.

Base your comment on the entry you have chosen to react to.
In other words, you need to have read the entry you are commenting on. Make sure you start your comment by reacting directly to something you read in the entry.

Here are some ideas that can get you started on your comment:
--Do you agree with the opinion of the author? Disagree? Why?
--Has the author of the post focused on something you didn't notice about the reading? What? What do you find intruiging about their observation?
--How does the post you are commenting on expand your thinking about the reading?

Be respectful.
Remember, the atomsphere of respect that is expected in our classroom applies to these blogs as well. The thinking and writing that will take place on these blogs is an extension of the discussions we are going to have in class, so when you are commenting on another student's entry, do so with the same level of respect you would use while making a comment in the classroom.

Do not comment on the same student's blog two weeks in a row.
These comments can be shorter than your own postings. However, this doesn't mean that you don't have the space to be thoughtful and articulate about what you are trying to express.