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These twitter handouts help students make sense of classic literature by putting it into terms that they're familiar with—namely, social media. In this activity, students will "tweet" from the perspective of a Crucible character—either John Proctor, Elizabeth Proctor, John Hale, Abigail Williams, or Samuel Parris. You can either assign each student a character, or you can have them pick their favorite. Students compose tweets they think their character might post for each act of the play. This activity is lighthearted and fun... students enjoy putting a modern spin on classic characters. However, make sure that students' tweets are appropriate and accurate to the play... sometimes they want to take their creativity a little too far ;)
When I did this with my students, I created an actual twitter account for each character and chose the best tweets to physically post online. It was fun, but I don't think it was worth the effort-- I think students take away the same amount from the activity just with the handouts. I collected students' tweets when we finished each act and updated the twitter accounts. If you just want to use the paper handouts, you could post your favorite tweets on the projector or around the room periodically throughout the play. This makes a good warm-up activity; students get a kick out of seeing their hilarious work! Even though this activity is humorous, it really helps students understand characterization in the play. I think it also made the play a bit more enjoyable for students to get through... they couldn't wait to see what their character was going to do next, so they could update their "twitter"!