The One Sixty Blog Project

The One-Sixty Blog Project

What is the One-Sixty Blog Project?

Seeing that students perennially struggle with content knowledge when writing expository essays, and that many students also often struggle with summary-writing (especially in paraphrasing of ideas, varying of sentence structure and condensing of expressions), the One-Sixty Blog Project is a simple pilot project that compels students to tackle head-on precisely these things that they struggle with.

Once a week, or thereabouts, (usually on Mon for class 4P2), each student will read an article (based on the theme for that term) and first conduct a simple analysis using Paul's Wheel of Analysis. Following that, he will write a 160-word response that summarises the main points in that article. He must do so by paraphrasing ideas and using his own words where applicable. All these should be done in 160 words (the typical length of a summary response), no more or no less.

The rationale is that the student will benefit from this pilot project - if not in summary-writing, if not in writing in general, then at the very least definitely in the beefing up of content knowledge.

Students, your perseverence and cooperation is key in you getting something out of this project.

Theme: Crime and Punishment
14 Feb 2011: "The Case Against the Death Penalty" - The Progressive
21 Feb 2011: "The Death Penalty is a Deterrent!"
25 Feb 2011: "Singapore: The death penalty - a hidden toll of executions" - Amnesty International - Forgo Paul's Wheel for now. Summarise Amnesty International's objections against the death penalty in Singapore.
28 Feb 2011: The Singapore Govt's response to Amnesty International's Report - Ministry of Home Affairs - Forgo Paul's Wheel for now. Summarise the Singapore Govt's objections against Amnesty International's report.

Theme: Human Rights

04 Apr 2011: Burma: Q & A on an International Commission of Inquiry - Forgo Paul's Wheel. Summarise the violations of human rights that the Myanmar regime is accused of.
14 May 2011: Where does the West stand on Global Freedom of Expression? - Perform Paul's Wheel of Analysis AND summarise in 160 words why the writer believes that the liberal West (in particular the US) has demonstrated contradictory actions (even bordering on hypocrisy) in her talk about global freedom of expression.

Theme: Volunteerism
13 Jul 2011: SIX 160-blog entries to be completed. Refer to this page.

Links to students' blogs:
Chi Hern
Cui Chang
Wei Sheng
An Jian
Wei Jie
Hann Zhao
Joo Seng
Marcus Lo
Teng Sern
Wern Hao
Marcus Sim
Ze Song
Tong Wei