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NOTE: This is the original Instagram Project I designed for my students; the free resource linked on my storefront is themed for evaluating current events and social issues.
This Instagram Story project asks students to take an original, creative photograph and generate a flash fiction (25 words or less) narrative caption for it. The project is meant to be a fun way to get to know students and assess their abstract thinking. Since flash fiction is the genre for writing and Instagram the medium for sharing their work, my students were both curious and engaged as they participated in the writing process.
I used supplemental materials and activities to get the kids ready for this process, including slides that reviewed the elements of storytelling and guided writing activities that helped the kids understand writing generation and reduction. At the end of the project, we shared and viewed their stories on our class Instagram account.
Included in this document is a link to an editable Google Doc so that you can make any changes that make sense for your classes.