3U: A Blog Entry About the End…or the Beginning…or…

Today, you will write a new blog entry. Here are your potential topics; if you would like to do something else connected to the ending of the Five People You Meet in Heaven, let me know.

“No story sits by itself. Sometimes stories meet at corners and sometimes they cover one another completely, like stones beneath a river.”  Explain how the lives of Eddie and either Tala or Ruby intersect, and how they shape each other.

Briefly list the five lessons Eddie learns. Explain the importance/relevance of each lesson to Eddie’s life, but also make connections to your world (meaning personally or globally).

Using Eddie as an example, explain why and how a seemingly unremarkable existence is meaningful.

The Structure of Blogs

The tone tends to be conversational, not formal. Remember that you want people to respond to your work.

  • Engage the audience.You need to keep the reader’s interest.
  • Make the first sentence count. Have you ever visited a website, only to leave after a few seconds because it didn’t grab your interest? Blogs need to capture the reader’s interest immediately, or the visitor might find another site.  (Remind me to tell you about Ke$ha).
  • Stake out new ground. Don’t retell a story that I can find elsewhere. Give me a fresh perspective.
  • Mix opinion with analysis. Because this is a blog, you MUST tell me what you think. Just remember to analyze your own ideas and conclusions.
  • This is a mixed medium.  If you a writing a CD review, link to a site that allows me to listen to a few seconds of the recording. If you are stating your opinion about the latest hockey controversy, link to a reputable site that is covering the story.
  • It is okay to be uncertain, or to ask for feedback. Blogging is a great way to explore an issue/problem that has you befuddled. You can use the blog to analyze all sides of the problem.

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