EValuating The Student Blogging Challenge

Registration: Is two weeks early enough for registration to begin before the first challenge?

Yes because the teachers will want the students to do it right away.

Subscription: Did you subscribe by RSS or email in order to get the posts as soon as they were published?

No because my teacher  got the posts for us.

Student and class pages: How useful are these pages in the header of the blogging challenge?

Very useful because we have different sections so you can add more information and always have an option.

The challenges:

  • Did you visit the actual challenge on the blog each week or did your teacher have a post on your class blog?

I went to the actual challenge blog.

  • Which challenges were the most useful?

The challenges about Earth day because it will challenge people to the exact thing or different.

  • Which challenges were the most interesting?

The challenge where we had to write a post in a foreign language.

  • What would be some other topics you would like included in future challenges?

I would like to include what other people think of you in school and out, but we have to do it in a funny way.

  • Are more tutorial type challenges needed? eg how to make a link in your post

YES because I get confused very much when I am doing the challenges.

  • Were the ‘Visit these’ posts useful?


  • Were the challenges where you had to embed ie polls, cartoons, wallwisher etc interesting or could you not embed due to being a free Edublogs blog or a blogging platform that didn’t allow embedding?

Yes they were interesting.

  • Were there enough chances to visit blogs from overseas and make links with other students/classes?


  • Classes that registered – were there enough activities specific to classes? Did you make global connections?

Yes and there were global connections.

  • Anything else you would like to mention about the challenge in particular

These challenges were great but they needed to be more specific.

The First Bats Skits


Regular Skit

Bats=B, Creator=C, Mice=M, Birds=BD, Narrator=N

C:Look at the world I have created with the Mice and the Birds.


M:That’s not fair, I want some wings too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

C:You are mice you have the ground and they have the sky. Don’t be so selfish.

M:Why can’t you give us wings!

C:OK I will give you the power to fly if you mice can jump over this trench in the morning.

(The Next Morning)

M:We are here and we want wings.

C:If you jump over to me you and you make it you shall get wings.

N: All of the mice that had mad it over successfully you will be known as bats . The bats will have the night while the mice have the day.


Mice=M, Creator=C, Birds=BD, Bats=B, Narrator=N

C:Look at the disgusting creatures I have made, the birds are more beautiful.

BD:Thank you creator.(Laughing at the Mice)

M:May we get some wings, we shall be more beautiful.

C: You shall not get wings and now I shall talk to the birds.

BD:I feel so sorry for them, please creator give them wings.

C:Since my beautiful creatures think so, I shall but you will have to fall asleep for the process.

M:OK Creator, Thank you.

(The Night Later)

C:Wake up, You now have wings.

N:The Mice that are now bats were filled with joy but hated the sun.

B:We can fly but are still mice with wings.

M:Mice have the day while bats have the night.

The Audit!!

How many posts did you write?

I have 11 posts.

How many were school based, your own interests or set by the challenge?

Most of my post are based on school work but some are based on the environment things and fun narratives that are awesome.

How many comments did you receive from classmates, teachers or overseas students?

I received about five comments in total and three were from my classmates and two are from my teachers.

Which post received the most comments? Why do you think that happened?

The post that got the most comments was the one that show how people helped the growth of the Roman Empire and because we learned this in social studies.

Which post did you enjoy writing the most and why?

I enjoyed writing the Response to Lit. because I enjoyed the book that I wrote about.

Did you change blog themes at all and why?

Yes because I thought that the theme I had got it with was not me.

How many widgets do you have? Do you think this is too many or not enough?

I have eleven widgets and I think this is enough.

How many overseas students do you have on your blogroll?

I have  a couple of them on my blogroll.

Helping The EARTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I help the earth in various ways. I recycle all of the bottles, cans, and glass at my house and it is good for the earth and it’s good for me because I get money off of it and the earth doesn’t get polluted. I feel good about helping the Earth too. At school I don’t waste paper or any material that we might use and I don’t throw away any reusable things and I always recycle the paper that I don’t need. Helping the Earth is great because you do something good and makes you feel good.

Claws Responce to Lit.

In a book there is a fascinating problem that one certain character can’t fix until he is brave enough to. This book is Claws by Dan GreenBurg and the problem is that Cody’s mother is abusive and something is not right in her head so Cody, the main character, runs away. Cody finds his way from New York to the Sam Houston Tiger Ranch in Texas who the people that already worked there had their own problems. After a while Cody met the Tigers for the first time but he realized that he feared his mother, not the Tigers. He had tamed or rather had made a bond with Brutus, the meanest Tiger at the ranch. Then a twister hits which allowed some the Tigers to get free and that included Brutus. Cody retrieves him from the next door neighbor’s house and that had surprised everybody. Next Cody fixes Sunny’s problem. Sunny is the ranch’s owner. Cody finds out that Sunny’s brother Wayland is alive and he thinks that Wayland and Deke, one of the workers at the ranch, are trying to frame Sunny of committing murder. Deke tries to kill Cody because of what he knows but Brutus got out of his cage and attacked Deke and Wayland and Deke’s plan had failed. Much later Wayland was in the circus and he got attack by a Tiger when he was drunk. Cody’s mother finds Cody and he stood up for himself. The interesting fact about life is that bad guys make life unfair but they get what they deserve and all the bad guys in this book do get what they deserve.

The book has a very interesting theme but the characters really make the theme clear. There were certain characters that caused the problems. Cody’s mother was causing a problem for Cody when she was abusive and just being herself so she made Cody run away. Cody loves it at the tiger ranch and at the end Cody’s mother finds him and Cody stands up to the one thing he fears and she can’t gain Cody because she thought that he wrote down of all the times she abused him and that really showed that he was gullible. Deke and Wayland tried to frame Sunny of committing murder. They failed because Cody had had cracked the case. Deke got frustrated and tried to kill Cody but Brutus had attacked him and it was not like him to do so. Later Wayland got killed by a Tiger because of his stupid drunk self. All of the bad guys’ characteristics led them to their punishment.

This interesting novel has a certain setting that caused a lot of bad guys to get what they deserve and the setting gave most of the evidence of the theme. If there were no tiger ranch there wouldn’t be the problem of Deke and Wayland trying to frame Sunny so they can sell the tiger ranch. Cody had stopped them, of course, and they got punished the hard way. A twister had hit because they are in Texas and Cody had taken Brutus back to the ranch which should have made Deke nervous. Deke wanted to get rid of Cody but Brutus had attached him because Deke hadn’t locked him up right. Later Wayland was drunk and the Tiger had killed him. The tiger ranch had showed the way to Deke and Wayland’s punishments. The bad characters both got what they deserve of what they did to the other characters and the setting made them that way.

The figurative language in the book is simple because the author expresses everyone as a Tiger. Deke and Wayland are clever, careful, devious, and they get caught off guard a lot and that is how they are Tigers. Cody is the Tiger that had caught them off guard and they knew they were in trouble. They had to be careful and clever with Cody because they could sense him and what he knows. Cody is clever, careful, and is the one that catches other Tigers off guard. Brutus, the real Tiger, attacked Deke and Wayland died because a Tiger had attacked him and he was drunk. Cody was meant to be Brutus and Cody tames this wild beast. He makes a bond with the real Tiger, Brutus, but he has to mess with his mom and try to have her to leave him alone. She can’t have Cody and that is her punishment and figurative language is what this book is all about.

The book has a lot mysteries and my opinion of the book is that it is really great and I recommend it. The author experienced most of what happened in the book and I can see all of the author’s passion to write a sort of book like this. I don’t why Cody find another way to stand up for himself besides blackmail. He could have also brought another piece of evidence to the police so it would have been easier. The book Claws was the mystery, action, and heartbreaking book that anyone can read and enjoy. The lesson I learned is that bad guys make life unfair but the get what they deserve.


What’s Up From America!

Che succede alla gente in Italia! Questo è nella tua lingua e ti ho voluto sentire a casa. Non mi rendevo conto che il tuo linguaggio è così awsome. Io sono uno una piccola scintilla di italiani in me in modo che stai vedendo uno dei tuoi proprio blog. Sono cresciuto in America e voglio visitare l’Italia presto e volevo solo farti sapere che non si deve utilizzare il traduttore.

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My avatar is a little guy that represents me in a way and represents the blog. He is my eyes and ears of who visits my blog or our blog as it is. He is a hero of what I have came to be. My avatar is my best friend when it comes to blogging and he is a good brain. He is a little me in a way with his super powers and I have super powers when it comes to my blog. My avatar is a part of me and I am a part of him.Picture 1

Why You Should Come To My BLOG

My BLOG is full of excitement and full of mystery. Like what will he post next or why did he do this. Its all cool when that happens. So I also will write all the cool and exciting things that everyone is craving these days. I will write mysteries, fantasy, action, and a lot more that you won’t even know. of that will make your spine crawl. I love sports as you know so keep that in mind. If you visit my blog you will get what you like to amuse you or make you cry or laugh. So if you like to read and excitement you have to come and visit and enjoy the show.

People Who Helped the Roman Empire


Do you know what people in the past used to do to gain power? The Roman Republic expanded and turned into the Roman Empire but it did not expand on its own. There were different Romans or non-Romans that helped the expansion of the empire. These Romans and non-Romans helped the Roman Empire in so many different ways. This is the time when the Roman Empire was expanding and had the best armies and government than the rest of the world at the time. The empire expanded to all of the land all around the Mediterranean Sea. There were three important people who were involved in helping the empire and they are coolest general ever, his heir that became the first emperor, and the first emperor to become Christian.

Julius Caesar and What He Did

Julius Caesar was an important to man to the Roman Empire because he started the change from Roman Republic to the Roman Empire. It started in 55BC when he led his army to the Roman Invasion of Britain. He got unlimited military power because of his over all successful battles. He had time to control the government and he was the consul or dictator of the time. He was a very powerful man in the politics, wars, and other matters. He was assassinated on March 15, 44BC by a group who just caused even more civil wars and a permanent empire (“Julius Caesar”. Wikipedia). All of the Romans wanted to gain power and this is when Julius Caesar’s heir, Augustus. He was the emperor of this empire. If Julius Caesar hadn’t won all those battles and wars there would have never been a start in the change from Roman Republic turn into the Roman Empire.



Augustus Caesar and What He Did

Augustus Caesar was the first Roman Emperor of the Roman Empire. When Julius Caesar was assassinated, all of the other Romans wanted a chance for power and rule. Augustus won fierce battles (James Simon). He was emperor because he won the battle, where all of the other wanted power and made a permanent empire. He was the first emperor of the Roman Empire. He was a very skilled and calculated general but he was known for his political leadership and won very convincing battles. He ruled alone from 27BC to his death on AD14. He expanded his empire into Egypt, Dalmatia, Pannonia, and some other places. He also expanded in certain places in Africa and completed the conquest of Hispania. He made a era of peace and quiet known as the Pax Romand of Roman Peace. Without Augustus the Roman Empire would never had expanded his empire to more places and would never have had the Pax Romand.



Constantine and What He Did

Constantine was a Roman Emperor and was the best general of the late 200s and early 300s. He was the first Roman Emperor who became Christian(“Constantine the Great”. Wikipedia). Like Julius Caesar he was brilliant on the battlefield and in politics. Constantine was the emperor who reunited bought back the Roman Empire from the brink of destruction. He defeated the other Romans who wanted to be emperor and he became Christian because he won. He thought God helped him win the battles because he saw a sign, cross in the sky and that was God’s message. He became the first Christian emperor of the Roman Empire. He became emperor in 306AD. He did anything to learn more about Christianity and spread it as much as he could. He united the Eastern and Western Empire. He had many challenges as emperor and on the battlefield but he was successful and helped the Roman Empire by being the first Christian Emperor.




All of these Romans are really cool because of the way they won battles and gained power. Julius Caesar is a way to look at life because he was working his way up to power. By all the emperors, I know Constantine and Augustus are the best because of the way Constantine became Christian and beat the other Romans to be emperor just like Augustus did. The thing that surprised me about Augustus is when he made an era of peace known as the Pax Romand. I would like to know if Augustus had an heir to the throne. All of these Romans shaped the Roman Empire that used to be something great.


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