It's not every day that I get my seventh grade middle school students thanking me for the lessons I create, but I was encouraged to find this was the case with this lesson that came so naturally to them. I got responses from even my most quietest and hesitant from this strategy, mainly because I was speaking their language. Using hashtags as a way to annotate for both fiction and nonfiction texts caused my students to constantly be interpreting, evaluating and creating their own critical thinking throughout the entire reading of the text. I found that with a single hashtag, students were interpreting text at a level beyond the simple notes in the margin I had seen before. This product does not stop with annotating but takes those annotative hashtags a step further, turning them into Instagram posts.
Included in this product is a two-page PDF Instagram template in which students can create original posts based off of a variety of texts read in the classroom. The first page of the PDF contains a full page Instagram template and the second page of the PDF contains two half page blank templates to be possibly used to create an Instagram posts booklet (great for units over the same genre and novels). Also included is an instructional PowerPoint that can be edited based on the requirements you may use for your students. There are separate instructions for both fiction and nonfiction and texts. This strategy can be used for a variety of genres, short stories, and novels.