Templates for every president! I spent a LOT of time on making sure the icons and fonts looked as close to a real twitter page as I could. There are profile pictures as well as several others for each person. The students will choose a username, location, member since, 3 tweets, 1 retweet, 2 following suggestions, and choose several hashtag trends relating to the president and his experiences in office. The numbers I chose and included in the template all relate to the life and service of the president. The numbers are explained on a page in the package.
1. Perfect for warm-ups, reviews, or exit slips.
2. Great to use during stations activities or following readings.
3. My students "retweet" a quote of a philosopher or leader (previous presidents as well) so they can make connections between political ideologies and philosophies.
4. The "Trends for you" section is perfect for making connections, I typically have students do 3-4 #'s relating to the presidents time.
5. Can be about personal life, political life, or combination.
6. Have students vote on best #'s.
7. Have students make connections with other world leaders or prominent US leaders in the "Who to follow" section. This also works for people who played major roles in their presidency. For example, you can suggest Eleanor Roosevelt as someone for FDR to follow.
8. Have students share their tweets, retweets, and #'s with each other or collaborate on one. Can lead to deep class discussions about personalities and the role of leaders in our lives.
9. I have students decorate the banner picture, or the white rectangle behind the profile pictures, in a mural format that depicts what the president was best known for. I also suggest decorating it with the name of the political party he was a part of and images of those ideals.
Things to know:
The numbers are not completely random...
Tweets: First year of presidency
Following: Last year of presidency
Followers: US population in year he was elected
Likes: Number of electoral votes received during first election. If he only finished out the term of a president who passed away and did not run on his own then I used the number of electoral votes in the election that led to his presidency. If he finished out a term and then ran on his own accord I used the electoral votes from the election he officially ran in. I used 270towin.com for this information.
Photos and videos: Year he was born (extremely useful for setting up context and explaining actions and reactions)
Twitter pages for presidents have been helpful in getting students to process the actions of a president in a way that they can connect with better and is more relevant to their own lives.
Perfect for review time!