First Five Days:
Starting a Blog/Learning Portfolio
Day 1: Elevator Pitch & Checklist
Elevator Pitch: Teacher explains what is a blog! Show examples of student blogs and professional blogs. Get them excited! Use interns or participants to help show/explain why it’s cool and what they made.
- Create an email address, Go to Tumblr and sign in, Create a url and password
- Use this as template for students to fill out:
Email addie used
- Free Themes to try: Next Saturday, Club Monaco
- Homework: Finish your blog and start following other artists and activists that inspire you.
- Remind them: What you follow has to be appropriate as well!
Day 2: Create your About Me
- Use criteria to create your statement:
- Your first name (at least)
- What is your blog about?
- Make it short and to the point - no more than 4 sentences.
- Write out your statement in Google Drive to keep your information saved. Cut and paste it into your blog when your ready.
Day 3: Inspiration Post - Quick Quote/Media Response
- Find a quote from a freedom fighter or icon (tribute).
- Post “quote” & include an image of person.
- Write a response
- What caught your eye?
- How does this quote influence you?
- Homework: Follow other art and social justice tumblr blogs and repost. Have a ready-made list of blogs to follow.
Day 4 : Post a Photo
- Show some options for how works in progress are depicted.
- What is a caption? Share a few examples.
- Criteria for caption and image:
- What are you trying to share?
- How can you best show it?
- Caption: The work I am making is about ________. The materials and process I used are ________.
- Tagging - What is tagging why use it?
- Have a tag ready-made list: #my art, #freedom fighter, #activism, #my inspiration, #my outside world, #mycritique, #myfaves, #myartistfriends
Day 5: Post a Finished Piece
- Write a post about a finished piece.
- Provide criteria for post:
- What did I make?
- Why did I make it?
- What does it mean?
- Model how to take good photos (lighting, cropping, camera angle, background).