What would William Carlos Williams -- and other Imagists -- think of "Twitterature," a quirky, new form of micropoetry and flash fiction told in 140 characters or less? This is one of several questions I want students to consider as they strive to create powerful images, emotional pieces, and more works of short literature in this project.
This assignment is titled “Twitter Tales: Writing Haiku, Micropoems, & Short Fiction in 140 Characters or Less.” We hear a lot these days about how our students enjoy communicating with one another using social networking services like Facebook and Twitter.
This assignment allows students to write micropoems and short fiction within Twitter’s 140-character limit.
This assignment requires critical thinking skills and 21st century technology skills. Students must closely scrutinize appropriate language choices and work within Twitter’s character limit to publish their work.
Combining short, creative bursts of writing with this technology has popularized a new trend called Twitterature. Demand has even prompted a magazine called 7x20 where writers can publish their Twitter micropoems. The goal here is to create powerful works of literature in only a few words.
Is Twitter blocked at your school? Fear not. I have included some printable worksheets that can be used in the classroom as a “work-around.” The template will not look exactly like Twitter for legal reasons, but it should suffice for this project. Remind students that they still must write within the 140-character limit as one requirement for success on the project.
Twitter Tales -- Writing Haiku, Micropoems, & Short Fiction in 140 Characters or Less
by Christopher Mitchell
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