What is TweenTribune?

TweenTribune.com is a daily news site for tweens. Each day they post links to the day's most compelling news from a tween's perspective. Stories chosen for TweenTribune are selected by tweens working closely with professional journalists. Tweens can submit links to stories they'd like to share, submit their own stories and photos, and comment on the stories they read.

Unlike other news sites for kids, TweenTribune is easy to use, updated daily and allows tweens to participate in so many ways. But most importantly, it encourages tweens to seek out news on a daily basis. Our democracy depends upon a well-informed public, so it's important to foster a daily news-reading habit at an early age. TweenTribune does that by enticing tweens with a few offbeat stories they wouldn't find elsewhere. Only TweenTribune promotes the daily habit because its the only news site for tweens that is updated daily.

Creating an Account

  1. go to www.tweentribune.com
  2. at the top of the page select Student sign up
  3. in the name box type in your username (what you use to login to the school computer) - do not use your last name
  4. select your age
  5. select your gender - male (boy) or female (girl)
  6. select a classroom
    1. select United States for your country
    2. select California for your state
    3. select Rancho Cordova for your city
    4. select Mitchell Middle for your school
    5. select "Mr. Lane - Computer Applications - Web 2.0" for your class - make sure you don't enroll yourself in the wrong class
  7. create your own Secuity Question - and Answer
  8. click Create new account
  9. to confirm your account was created look on the main page of TweenTribune - on the top right read the orange text - you should see your username and the correct class

Blogging

Blogs - short for Web logs - are online jounrals or diaries. Writers may choose to have their blogs private or public. The content of blogs is wide-ranging including: reflections, connections, humor, expression, opinions, etc. Reading and posting blog entries are another way to practice reading comprehension, writing and communication skills.

How to Comment
General blogging tips:
  • Remember that you're writing for a global audience
  • Be creative - think for yourself! Don't borrow content or opinions from others (unless you give them credit).
  • Don't be afraid to have an opinion, but state it tactfully and tastefully or it won't be published!
  • Blogs/blog comments should include: responses, opinions, reactions, or connections to news articles

How to use TweenTribune:
  • select an article to read
  • read the article
  • click on the blue textthat says "Add new comment"
    • type your comment in the text box - you submit a comment with a minimum of three to four sentences (see below for sentence starters)
    • spellcheck your comment before you preview it
    • save your blog comment
      • it will be sent to me for it is published
      • any comments that are offensive or meaningless will be deleted and no credit will be given

Sentence Starters

Feel free to use any of the following sentence starters in your blogs to make predictions, comments, clarifications, or raise questions.
Make predictions· I predict that… · I bet that… · I think that… · Since this happened (fill in detail), then I bet the next thing that is going to happen is…. · Reading this makes me think that (fill in detail) is will happen…. · I wonder…. Make Comments· This is good because… · This is hard to believe because… · This is confusing because… · I like the part of the article that tells… · I don’t like the fact that (fill in detail) because… · My favorite part of this article is…. · I think that…. Ask questions· Why did… · What I don’t understand is how… · How is this…. · What would happen if… · Why… · Who is… · What does (fill in detail) mean…. · Do you think that…. · I don’t understand how… · I don’t understand why… Clarify something· Oh, I understand how….· Now I see that…. · This makes sense because… · I agree with (fill in name), because… · At first I thought (fill in detail), but now I think …. · This article is really saying….

TweenTribune Article Summary & Blog Comment Assignment

Use the below embedded Google Doc to complete today's assignment.