Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Technology in the Classroom: Using Twitter in the Literature Classroom, Part 2

Last week, I discussed five ways to integrate Twitter into the literature classroom. Below are five additional ways to enhance your literature/writing class with Twitter:

1. Book/Film Recommendations

Ever find yourself sitting at home at watching a surprisingly good film adaptation of a novel? Tweet the title of the film (as well as the title of the book, if the two are different) so your students and their parents can enjoy! This is a really helpful technique to both communicate with parents and share resources with students.

2. Frankenstein Fiction

No, I do not mean have your students write Halloween stories about storms and electricity and The Creature, but you on the right track. Just as Dr. Frankenstein gathered and arranged body parts to create his infamous creature, have your students compile tweets from random users and edit them into a coherent story. Frankenstein Fiction is a fun activity for your students and gives you the perfect opportunity to have a mini-lecture on narrative and story structure.

3. Collaborative Characters

Much like Frankenstein Fiction, Collaborative Characters are created by taking various tweets and using them to create one individual character. This activity should be slightly more structured, however, to make sure all of your students contribute to the process. Have students tweet one or two original sentences about a fictional "character's" personality or back story (it would be a good idea to make up a hashtag so the class could easily gather all of these tweets to make the character). Once all students have submitted their character tweets, the teacher can ask the students to write their own stories using the collaboratively-created character.

4. Beautiful Corpse Poetry

Though this method works best on paper, Beautiful Corpse Poetry or "progressive poetry" can be created using Twitter. Following the same general idea as Frankenstein Fiction and Collaborative Characters, students can create Beautiful Corpse poems by submitting one line of poetry that flows with the tweet that comes before it (again, having an associated hashtag would be helpful here). 

5. Bell Ringer Word Games

Since students will probably have their phones out anyway, bell ringer activities are the perfect places to incorporate Twitter into the classroom everyday. Teachers can tweet a daily challenge in the form of anagrams, providing a word and asking for synonyms/antonyms, or providing a word and asking for the definition. Remember to have the tweet pulled up on your SmartBoard so students can start the activity as soon as they come into the classroom.

Like these ideas? Click here to read the TeacherHub article "50 Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom."

Information Source
List adapted from: http://www.teachhub.com/50-ways-use-twitter-classroom
Image Sources
Twitter: www.muzeumniepodleglosci.poznan.pl/upload/editor/admin/Image/twitter_muzeum_powstania_wielkopolskiego.png
Shawshank Redemption:http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/81/ShawshankRedemptionMoviePoster.jpg
Frankenstein: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a7/Frankenstein's_monster_(Boris_Karloff).jpg
Zoidberg: http://img.izismile.com/img/img4/20110701/640/cartoons_real_names_revealed_640_12.jpg
Corpse Bride: http://www.soundonsight.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Corpse-Bride.jpeg
Listen anagram: http://hello.wordsolver.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/anagram.png

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