USA Today reports that at South Valley Junior High School in Liberty, Mo., 300 eighth graders are blogging about Guerilla Season, a book about Civil War-era Missouri. Teacher Eric Langhorst initially started the project as an extra-credit assignment. It was such a success that he expanded the project to include the entire eighth grade. Langhorst says that the blog is a great way to get more reserved kids to join in on the class. While the term “blog” didn’t even appear in the dictionary until 2005, now even first graders are getting in on the act. Cathy Greenwald, technology specialist at Willowdale Elementary School in Omaha, says that because the blog is seen as the “real world” to her charges, the students take writing assignments much more seriously. Greenwald says that using blogs is an excellent way to help young minds organize their writing. During blog assignments, Greenwald helps the students write out what they want to communicate, and then both teacher and student put it together and type it into the computer. Then, the students decide whether they want to add additional materials like pictures or poetry. In addition, the fact that parents and grandparents from far away as China can see their work gets students excited…