Improving Analysis Skills
140 Characters at a Time-TCEA
With more devices available to students, the time is perfect to revisit the original Tweethesis and take it forward.
Here We Go...
Step One-Read and Post
- Assign a piece for students to read
- Decide what it is you want the students to construct: main idea, an argumentative statement, identify a thesis, etc.
- Create and register a # so that all posts can be identified easily (Check out Twitter Chat options here)
- Have students post using designated # (so they actually get a little less than 140 characters)
Step Two-Response Options
- Comment and # big ideas (ex: I didn't think about it that way. #family #relationships #siblings)
- Comment and include a URL of a resource that might support or argue the post (URL shorteners are HUGE here: bitly.com, tiny.cc, tinyurl.com, goo.gl which is also a Chrome extension)
- Retweet post using "Quote" option and write in a counter viewpoint
Step Three-Whole Class Dicussion
- Allow the students to decide on the # for the article and for the # for main ideas so everyone is using the same set
- Modify ideas in Sentence Composing for High School or They Say I Say to also work on sentence construction with posts
- Instead of using Twitter, use Instagram and tell the students their response must be visual. Think about how much harder that would be visualizing what a main idea or argument is for a piece. (Just keep in mind age restrictions for Twitter and Instagram.)
Twitter Chat Activity
Remember that when you respond to a question (Q1, Q2, etc.), you should include A1, A2, etc. before your answer.
It may be eerily quiet while the chat occurs. Never fear. We will only have three questions, and I will bring us all back together at the end.
BUT WAIT! My Students Are Too Young for a Twitter Account
Fortunately, Twitter user @OCTRead posted a template created by @tammyworcester in Forms to allow students the opportunity to reply in Twitter form without having to have an account. Check out the images below and click here for a copy.