Twitter is changing the way the world communicates, so why are we so hesitant to use it in our classrooms? Strategic implementation of social media has the power to transform a high school English classroom into a student-centered hive of critical thinking by turning reading homework into must-see #TrendingTopics. Loaded with tons of examples, sample work products, and scoring tools, this powerful student-centered instructional approach can help you to boost critical reading skills, cover twice the content (with half the lesson planning!) and drive student engagement through the roof.
Check out this excellent student-created video to see what the type of high-quality engagement you can expect from this digital download, and see how students are using social media for full-length novel study.
This comprehensive unit planning guide will walk you through step by step instructions with everything you'll need to make a Twitter unit come to life in your classroom as early as Monday morning (plug-and-play using Huck Finn, or easily adaptable to any other full-length novel study), and includes:
+ MASSIVE Huckleberry Finn Prezi with more than 100 slides, activities, and Twitter-inspired discussion prompts
+ Sample student work product submissions and video testimonials
+ 15-minute roundtable podcast of students discussing how using Twitter in class is working for them
+ Screenshots of Sample Student HW Annotations
+ Project Overview / + @username setup guide
+ Parent Consent Forms / FAQs
+ Article: Bringing Twitter into the Classroom (for pre-reading / class discussion)
+ Seven Tips to Boost your Social Media Sharing Score
+ Twitter Scoring Rubric for Students
+ Time-Saving Twitter HW Scoring Hacks for Teachers
+ End-of-Unit Essay Planner Graphic Organizer for Students
+ Questions / Technical Support Contact Information
In a word, this approach to at-home reading has been game-changing. Students are reading deeper, asking harder questions, defending points with meaningful text evidence, planning stronger thematic essays, and challenging their classmates to do the same in a authentic and engaged spirit of competitive collaboration where all parties involved can reap the rewards.
In the past, I’ve used an adapted version of this instructional approach with The Great Gatsby, As I Lay Dying, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and shorter stories by Edgar Allan Poe, Flannery O’Connor, and William Faulkner -- and the step-by-step methodology, graphic organizers, and unit planning documents that this download contains an easily be adapted to any other full-length work of literature or fiction at the high school level (from general ed courses through AP).
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Actual Student Feedback from #Hashtagging Huck Finn
"I thought this book was really good and I really did like the tweeting, I think it made us actually care even more and we had a lot of fun with it. Personally it engaged me more than any other thing we have done with a book."
- Frank, Class of 2019
"This was probably my favorite book. It was all enhanced by the Twitter unit. Just being able to experience the book with my classmates in real time made it so much more enjoyable."
- Matt, Class of 2017
"I enjoyed the Twitter assignments. It was fun seeing a lot of memes and nice insights from my classmates. This should've help with the Huck finn essay and midterm because it sticks to my mind for some reason."
- Pio, Class of 2018
"The Twitter activities were very helpful for me to ask questions and have classmates answer them. I was able to see how others reacted and thought about their text readings-either similar or what was different. It was a way to ask unanswered questions and connect to classmates about how they viewed their reading."
- Mary, Class of 2018
"The tweets were very interactive and helped me see everyone’s point of view in a topic of the novel. Replying was very easy, and retweeting has helped me take notes for the essay."
- Paul, Class of 2019