Contributing: Guidelines and Help
This blog was created to encourage students in the College of Education and the School of Information to share resources related to teaching literacy. As students contribute to this blog, we offer the following guidelines in an attempt to make these resources accessible, searchable, and useful.
We ask that each student…
- Categorize their post.
- Tag their post.
- Format their post according to our guidelines.
Categories make it simple for people to see the type of resource they want. Remember, categories are pre-set, and you choose them when you create your post. Watch the video tutorial on creating a post for more information on how to categorize posts. Our categories include:
- Multimedia Bibliography: A collection of citations for resources across a broad range of media or format. Can also include annotations of these resources.
- Book Club:
- Mentor Text: Examples of texts that can be used as mentor texts. Can include citations, links, or annotations of resources related to mentor texts or using mentor texts in the classroom.
- Read Aloud: Examples of books or programs for read aloud programs. Can also include citations or links to other resources related to writing prompts.
- Text Set:
- Writing Prompt: Descriptions or examples of writing prompts. Can also include citations or links to other resources related to writing prompts.
Tagging your posts will make the blog easier for everyone to use. Remember, we want people to be able to find resources based on grade level, subject, or themes. Your tags will help them do this! Try to follow these guidelines when tagging your post:
- Make sure to tag the unique number and course number
- Tag your post with your UTEID so your professor can find your specific work. Remember to type it the same way each time so that your professor can pull up all of your posts at once.
- Tag your posts with subjects that describe the post (like Abraham Lincoln, an author your text set centers on, or social studies). Remember, these subject tags are meant to make your post easier to find…think of what you would search for to find your post and use that as a tag.
- When you create a post, you can see tags other people have used. If one of those fits, choose it instead of typing your tag another way. Watch tutorial video for more information on this!
Consistent formatting can help keep this blog easy to browse and read. Try to follow these guidelines when formatting your post:
- Use an informative title. Try to make sure that your title reflects the content of your post.
- Include an introduction paragraph that identifies what sort of resources your post will discuss and what grade level they are appropriate for. Try to make this paragraph brief but informative!
- Use the “Insert More Tag” button to create a read more link if your post will be more than one page long. You can find this button next to spell check when writing your post, or you can enter the break by pressing ALT + SHIFT + T
- If your post will include multiple types of resources (formats, topics, media, etc) make sure that you identify these subsections in a way that makes them highly visible. (larger text size or bold text) An easy way to do this is to use the preset heading formats. We suggest Heading 3 or Heading 4.
- Cite your resources and, when possible, provide links to websites or catalog records related to the resources.
- Use text size, text color, or bold text to draw attention to each individual resource, but make sure you don’t over do it! We want the name of the resource to stand out, not the description. This will make the post easier to browse.
- Feel free to insert images or videos to increase the visual impact of your post.
- Look at these posts for examples of exemplary formatting: Day of the Dead Multimedia Bibliography, History of Ballet: A Multimedia Bibliography