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Organizing Blogs in an ESL/EFL Class Using the Rule of Thirds



Given the ubiquity of digital media in daily life, students must not only read and write traditional texts, but also those associated with information and multimedia technologies, such as blogs, photo and video sharing sites, social networks, and wikis. In response to the need to teach students to read and write these non-traditional texts, guides and exemplary case studies have been published to help teachers navigate new pedagogical practices. One requisite pedagogical practice in teaching students to compose non-traditional texts is teaching them new forms of organization. This article discusses the importance of compositional organization not only in traditional texts and photographs, but also in blogs. It then addresses how ESL/EFL instructors may help students improve the organization of online compositions by teaching students to use the rule of thirds to frame their digital photographs and incorporate these photographs into blogs.