Looking for something different and useful to add to your student’s writing curriculum? What about web writing? More specifically, how about using Associated Content from Yahoo (AC) as part of that instruction? A child must be 13 years or older in order to join AC, so this would be a lesson for the latter portion of Junior High and on into High School. This can be adapted into a traditional classroom curriculum or for homeschooled students. As a seasoned homeschool parent and a long-time AC Contributor, I’ve pondered this for a while and have recently started to do just that.
In the beginning, give your student a chance to get familiar with using AC. Most importantly, allow him or her to learn how the publishing system works. As this piece is being written, AC does not offer payments to those under 18. However, it can still be a learning experience and will help ensure they are knowledgeable when they do qualify for payments. The first submissions should simply be whatever the student feels like writing. This could be poems, articles, or even school papers. Let him or her feel comfortable with using the site, learning a few things, and gaining a readership. Also, remember to allow for some of this in between assignments as well. Keep the AC experience fun and not just a chore.
Teaching Web Writing Using Associated Content
There are many great tips in the AC forum and in the articles of experienced Contributors. Let your students read up on those and implement the lessons into their writing. A very useful tool to combine with lessons learned from AC is the Yahoo! Style Guide. Gauge the success of your student’s web writing skills by constantly examining their work to see which techniques are applied.
Benefits of Web Writing Skills
No matter the career choice of your students, web writing skills can be a plus. These lessons can be useful in college, as well as in the workforce. Web writing can be used in marketing, journalism, business ownership, business management, editing, and much more. Pretty much any business or company should have a website and web writing skills can be useful in creating and maintaining it.
Grading Based on Performance and Quality
When grading your student on lessons learned, look at both quality and performance. Are the pieces written well? Grade web writing similar to other school papers as far as grammar and spelling. But don’t forget the various aspects of internet text, such as SEO and ad alignment. Are they getting decent page views on AC or little to none? Is there mostly positive or negative feedback? What are the readers saying?
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