Yesterday I was chatting with Megan Palevich (@mrspal) on Twitter and learned about this fantastic Story of Learning. Megan took a common high school reading project and transformed it into an engaging, fun activity for her students. Rather than simply assigning and testing on chapters (the way I read To Kill a Mockingbird), Megan brought the characters to life by inviting students to create social networking profiles and updates from the view of the characters. Brilliant! The students genuinely enjoyed the opportunity to think differently about their reading, growing more intimate with the characters 140 characters at a time.
Here is what Megan had to say about the project:
“So how to you take a classic book and make it relevant to kids today? You include Facebook, Twitter, and IM into the project. My 8th graders ate this project up! If you want to see if your students truly have a grasp of character development, have them write tweets as that character.”
Here is an example from one of her students:
You can read Megan’s original post here.
Do you want to recreate this Learning Story in your classroom? Megan shares her original instructions for the project here.
Be sure to check out Megan’s blog, Middle School 101, for more excellent Stories of Learning happening in her classroom. She is a fabulous teacher!
I would love to hear your Stories of Learning, please contact me here to guest post or cross-post a Story of Learning.