Novel: Masterpiece by Elise Broach
Lesson plan: Facebook Actvity
As you know, Facebook is becoming a very popular way for kids (and adults) to communicate with one another. So, in an effort to help connect reading to the lives of students, we have created a Facebook activity for the novel Masterpiece by Elise Broach.
Masterpiece is about a beetle named Marvin who lives with his family under the kitchen sink in the Pompaday's apartment in New York City. James, an 11-year old boy who lives in the apartment, becomes friends with Marvin. When James gets an ink set for drawing from his dad for his birthday, a long friendship begins...
This activity contains a blank "Facebook" template page, a template page with directions, a step-by-step instructional page, and a grading rubric. For the activity, students are asked to complete several tasks. First, students are asked to write the name of the book at the top of the Facebook page. After that, they are asked to draw a colorful picture about a favorite character from the story. Then, students are asked to think of at least six "friends" that their character would like to "invite" on his/her Facebook page (two character friends from the story that they read, two story friends from another book, one famous friend such as an athlete, actor/actress, singer, and one of their own friends).
After that, students need to think of five events that their character would want to share with his/her six "friends". Students will need to write the event name in the Facebook page and include at least 1 complete sentence about the event. For example, "Heading to the lake... I am going fishing today with grandpa on Upper Long Lake. I'll let you know how I did later."
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