A Sample Blog for our English 1101 Students


Yes!  We are finally reaching the end of our semester, which I am sure is causing you to breathe a sigh of relief.  You only have one more project to do for Dr. G., so don’t give up! What follows here is a sample blog post for your class to look at.  It is not perfect, nor is this the only type of blog post that is acceptable for this project. Please look at the post to gain an idea of the approximate length of writing expected for an individual’s contribution to this project.


This last project is intended to encourage you to begin thinking about how writing – any writing – can be used as a tool for communicating with the community around you.  Your project must be connected in some way to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, but you and your group members may choose your own topic and medium.

Your writing must be an informational outreach to a community.  This includes topics such as providing health warnings or information, social issues and concerns, and historical information that still relates to today’s issues.  This covers a broad range of possible topics, so make sure you pick a topic that interests you.  If you are interested in the topic, the enthusiasm will be reflected in your writing and make it more appealing to your target audience!


You have several choices in how you will present this information to the class and to the community.  Please choose a mode/medium and make a note of how many people you are allowed to work with.

Mode/Medium Choices:

  1. Blog (1-2 people)
  2. Brochure (1-2 people)
  3. Speech (Individual)
  4. Video with a script (2-3 people)

Once you have chosen your mode/medium and grabbed a partner or two, also note the following writing requirements:

  • 1 person: around 750 words
  • 2 people: around 1,300 words
  • 3 people: around 1,800 words

Also include:

  • Works Cited Page (Is not included in your word count)
  • 1/2 page explanation of how your project connects to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, what kind of community outreach your project is fulfilling, and who wrote which sections (also not included in your word count).
    • This last part is important because we want every member of the group contributing to the writing portion of this project.  This is an English class, after all.

Please begin thinking about your target audience.  Who are you trying to reach?

Consider the target audience’s:

  • Age Range
  • Gender
  • Socio-Economic Status
  • Interests/historical issues

Please be ready to give an oral presentation of your project on Monday, November 24th or on Monday, December 1st.  This means we DO have class on Monday, November 24th, AND on Monday December 1st. You also must be present in order to give peer feedback on other presentations.


Your final product is due on Wednesday, December 3rd.  Do not forget to turn in your project to D2L for submission to Turnitin.com.

This is a basic blog format.  Feel free to play around with the different tools available.  You may wish to split your writing requirements up into several different blog posts instead of doing one longer post.  You may also want to include pictures and images in order to increase the target audience’s comprehension or interest.  Remember, however, that if you are utilizing someone else’s intellectual property – which includes photographs – you must give credit to the person(s) who created it.

If you would like to include definitions, you may also wish to include hyperlinks to webpages with more information on the topic.You may wish to include charts, pictures, graphics, or even videos.  You may even ask community members to interact with your blog by creating a survey or a poll that they can answer.

Please make your blog, brochure, speech, or video as creative as possible.  Just remember that you are using your written words to communicate with members of the community.  Anything you write is available to the public, therefore, please remember to proofread.  During the drafting stages of writing, remember to take any feedback you receive from your peers and community members seriously.


We want your final product to look amazing!!  We want you to get a good grade, obviously, but we also would like you to truly begin exploring how the words you write can impact the world around you and change people’s lives.

I hope this sample blog has given you a few ideas.  I wish you the best of luck in your writing endeavors!

Thank you for your time,



Hats Off!

I have picked up quite a few more substitute teaching jobs since I have last written a blog.   Several of them at the middle school level have left me with just one thing to say…

Hats Off for the Middle School Educators!

hats off

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

You have what seems like an impossible job, but you manage to corral 30 or more hormone infused bouncing bodies and teach them how to behave like humans, all the while imparting a worthwhile academic education.  You are truly impressive people!  This is made even more apparent when the school changes your daily schedule to incorporate the neighboring high school pep-rally or create an extra long block period to let one third of the student population finish a certain test.  You carry on, full of vigor, calm, and just a bit of sassiness.  You are wonderful!

My substitute teaching jobs have in no way diminished the respect for elementary and high school educators, rather my awe has only grown for teachers of all grades.  This really is a demanding occupation that requires a great deal of flexibility and at the same time rock-solid determination.

And so, to all the wonderful educators who have or will cross my path, thank you for all that you do!



In other news, I have received several grades back on papers, lesson plans, and tests from Grad School.  I am relieved to report that I earned no grade less than a 93.  A- or above!  Woohoo! (Yes, I’m boasting just a little bit… it’s been a while since I have gotten grades, so forgive me, please)

good grades


Thank you for bearing with my silence as I went to my classes and various classrooms!  I’m glad to be back writing again!

Please feel free to comment or leave me a message!  I am always open to feedback.

Ms. Turner

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