In writing book review or summaries, getting students to be concise and thorough when they write can be difficult, especially in the early stages of learning to summarize.
This product provides a fun and challenging way to practice writing a summary and/or book review using Twitter's ubiquitous 140-character limit. Additionally, it is a great way to discuss digital citizenship and proper use of social media as well as persuasive writing techniques.
Using the provided Power Point, students learn about Twitter and its uses, then see sample book tweets, and have a chance to participate in guided practice before trying their hand at their own. My class did this as a summary and end-of-the-year book recommendation product that I will use as my first bulletin board in August for next year's class. It could easily be modified to just be a summarizing activity. We also looked at our class Twitter feed and other appropriate feeds to find other uses of Twitter. Students find it fun and don't remember they're practicing summarizing!
Included in the download:
Power Point about Twitter with samples of book tweets (modifiable)
PDF of Book Tweets (paper version)
MS Word version of Book Tweets (modifiable to fit your needs)
Lesson Time: 2-3 days depending on student work speed. 1 day for lesson and rough drafts, 1 for finishing rough drafts and final draft.