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HOT Blogging: A Framework for Blogging to Promote Higher Order Thinking

Reading Teacher Volume 62, Number 8, ISSN 0034-0561


This article describes instructional practices with blogs in elementary classrooms. Schools need to prepare students for the new literacies required when reading on the Internet; blogging is an easy way to begin. A theoretical rationale for blogging with elementary students is provided. Learning from the examples of successful blogs by elementary teachers, four common types of classroom blogs with accompanying examples are shared: classroom news blogs, mirror blogs, showcase blogs, and literature response blogs. Resources and suggestions for starting a classroom blog are explained. Finally, HOT blogging, which is a framework for higher order thinking, is discussed. This approach to blogging provides teachers with a systematic way to integrate blogs, deepen comprehension, and teach the new literacies of online reading comprehension. (Contains 4 figures and 5 tables.)


Zawilinski, L. (2009). HOT Blogging: A Framework for Blogging to Promote Higher Order Thinking. Reading Teacher, 62(8), 650-661. Retrieved November 19, 2019 from .

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