Twitter Sized Story Summaries


Title:
Twitter Sized Story Summaries
Subject:
ELA
Grade:
Any
Time Frame:
10 minutes a pop, once students are familiar with this activity type
Summary:
Through a think-pair-share process students will summarize each read-aloud chapter and post the synthesized class version to their class twitter account.
Tasks:
  1. At the end of each read-aloud session use a think-pair-share for students to summarize what happened. I'd recommend handing out post-its or 3x5 cards to each student. Make sure the final whole class summary is 140 characters or less
  2. Post the summary tweet to the class account - Publicize the account a few days ahead of time if you have not already been using it.
  3. Optional, post a second tweet with a discussion question for the dinner table (or car ride, or …)
  4. Optional, at the end of the book, have the students create a story chart showing the flow of the main events.
  5. Optional - have students summarize their readers workshop reading as a tweet or microblogging post using Twitter, Tumblr, etc.
Objectives:
  • Content Objectives
    • Summarizing
    • Story Structure
  • "21st Cetntury Learning"
    • Awareness of twitter & micro blogging
Assessment:
Resources:
  • iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, smartphone, or computer
  • Index cards or post its
  • Twitter account
  • Twitter in Plain English
  • Optional - Twitter client
  • Optional - Microblogging account(s) for readers workshop posts
Examples:
  • Links to teacher or student examples.



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