This retelling activity has students translate the ideas of the abridged text of the speech “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” by Frederick Douglass into micro-blogging posts, or Tweets. They will have to focus on the main ideas and themes of the text as they translate those into the limitations of micro-blogging and social media. Also includes reflection questions for written or discussion responses. Several Tweet templates provided for flexible options. Deployment ideas and teacher instructions included.
The speech is available in its abridged form here: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4h2927t.html (which uses one of the alternate titles for the text, “What to the Negro is the Fourth of July.) Speech text not included.
The complete speech can be used, though will take more time and/ or need to be divided into sections.
Tweet the Text Templates Overview
Tweet the Text Student instructions with grading (Uses Template 1)
Tweet the Text Student instructions with grading (Uses Template 3 or 4)
Tweet and Respond: A Text Connection Activity student instructions with grading (uses Template 2)
Tweet the Text reflection printable (2 per page)
This item is a single file PDF.
The conclusion reflection questions come with two per page to save paper. Print for student response (written) or use as discussion questions.
Students may want/ need to use more than one Template sheet to include all the events they choose. Grading indicates that, if so, only the first sheet has the extras, such as profile image or other items completed so time is spent on the text instead.
What to the Slave is the Fourth of July? Reading Activities
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