Quality Comments - Top X Tips

Quality Comments - Top X Tips
Useful in all subjects
3rd Grade and up (could be modified for younger students)
Time Frame:
4 lessons to start plus ongoing reflections and edits
Students will create a class curated list of the Top X Tips for writing quality comments (on a blog/wiki or as a part of an online conversation).
  1. If students have not been exposed to comments - as a class, explore some blogs, wikis, or online forums that have quality comments (save the counter examples for later)
  2. Individually, on index cards, have students brainstorm 3-5 tips they think would help other students write comments that the author(s) would appreciate receiving
  3. In pairs, have students create a new wiki page (or reply to a blog post or wiki page) where they list their combined Top 5 (or less) Tips
  4. In pairs, have students read the others' Top 5 lists. Have them reply to X others with 1 tip they might consider adding and why they think it is important. "You might consider adding ... because ..."
  5. Then, pairs can read the comments they receive and have a chance to revise their original list. This time, they can have up to 7 tips, BUT they should list them in order of importance.
  6. Create groups of 3-4 with members who didn't work together on the earlier lists. Have the group create a new list of the Top 10 (or less) tips using ideas from each of their own lists. This time, the tip should be followed by a rationale.
  7. As a whole class, create a class Top X list. (We use Moodle to vote for the Top 5, then use the Top 10 that receive points.)
  8. Optional - In groups of 3, have students create a short video explaining 1 of the Top X tips. Post to the class' Top X list.
  • What GLCE's or other objectives does this activity/lesson project meet?
  • Please include at least one !gnite objective here as well (communication with text and non-text resources, collaboration, higher order thinking skills, problem solving, etc.)
  • This lesson has the students informally assessing each others work.
  • After this project, teachers will have students continue to informally assess comments made during other assignments. Optional - do this as a group discussion using the lcd projector.


Use the Embed Widget tool to add a Discussion Area widget. Bump the number to 100. This will take the comments from the discussion tab and add them to the bottom of the page. This will encourage teacher reflection and modification.