What if Juliet had a Twitter account? What about Winston Smith or Katniss Everdeen? In this activity, students create the twitter feed of a fictional character in order to explore character motivations, plot, perspective, identity, and language. Students will have a blast drawing bio pics, writing their character's about me, choosing who their character would follow, and deciding what would be trending in their character's world.
This pdf packet includes:
1. Blank Twitter feed for students to complete.
2. Extra page of tweets.
3. Sample Juliet Capulet Twitter feed.
How to use this activity:
Depending on the lesson, teachers could use this resource to facilitate student exploration of:
-Language: Students update well-known dialogue from literature into "twitter speak" and analyze the differences.
-Character: Students analyze character motivation by tweeting what characters were thinking before they chose something.
-Plot: Students tweet major plot points from character's perspective.
-Perspective: Students tweet the thoughts, feelings, reactions of characters other than the narrator or main character.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3 Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.7 Analyze the representation of a subject or a key scene in two different artistic mediums, including what is emphasized or absent in each treatment (e.g., Auden’s “Musée des Beaux Arts” and Breughel’s Landscape with the Fall of Icarus).