Some High School Senior Blog Projects – Possible Exemplars for Your Students


As a retired principal, I do the independent observations for the Chenango Forks Central School district in south-central New York State. This year Dr. Andrea Gumbel, an English teacher, told me that she wanted her 12th-grade students to do blogs as a senior project. She knew that I had a blog so she asked me if I could do an introduction to blogging lesson for her two senior classes.

When I did, I showed them the back door of my blog where I put it all together. I told them not to worry about the details but to just try to understand what they could do. I showed them how to connect a web address to some text and how to copy and paste an image into a page. I also explained that they needed to think about who their audience would be so that they could create content that their audience would enjoy.

To help the students come up with something to blog about they went with choosing countries in Europe that they could pitch to an audience interested in visiting. Below you will find links to the work of five of the student groups. I was very happy with the results of this project. I found the blogs to be interesting and attractive. The content varied in quantity from one topic to another and I gave them some specific feedback. Overall I was thrilled with their work. Perhaps these student blogs can serve as exemplars for your students. The fact that anyone with Internet access can see their work should motivate them to do their best.

England and Wales
England and Wales Travel Blog

Vist Greece

Explore Scandivia

Explore Scotland and Ireland

Welcome To Italy


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