What started out as a simple way to bring some variety into a ninth-grade English class has turned into a fantastic tool for summary writing and formative assessments across the curriculum! Over the course of two weeks, I developed the lesson, taught it, revised it, shared with three other teachers at my school (two English, one history), they used it and gave me feedback, I taught it again, and now you’re getting the most recent version of the exercise and some excellent tips straight from our experience using it in our classrooms.
Don’t worry---you don’t need a Twitter account and neither do your students! I’ve never “tweeted” in my life, but I’ve read a lot about it and have given you the tools you’ll need to be able to teach your students how to do it, too!
This product includes two different Twitter-like activities. The first is an extended activity that includes space for a full profile and either two or five tweets (or more if you photocopy the second page more than once). I’ve provide a rubric to accompany this exercise. I’ve also created an “exit slip” version that is just one tweet in length, but still includes a profile picture/username and short rubric for quick evaluation. Additionally, I found through teaching the activity that a handout of Twitter basics and tips for clear and concise writing was useful, so I’ve included that as well. All of this comes with two pages of teacher tips and two pages of diagrams explaining the components of the worksheets.
I’ve provided you with the worksheets in their original PowerPoint format so that you can edit the titles and instructions as needed for your classroom use. If you happen to be teaching Romeo and Juliet and want to use this with Act 3, I’ve saved you a little work. :) You’ll see as you click through the pages, the elements on each page are separate and there is no trick to editing or revising anything—just click on the text and you’ll be able to type over/edit/manipulate the pieces as needed. I’ve provided diagrams with explanations of how we used the worksheets/rubric and outlined some changes you may wish to make.
I am so excited to share this activity with you and your students! I hope that your students will embrace it and surprise you with their creativity and understanding the way mine did. Please post comments and let me know how it worked for you!