Character's Life through Fakebook

EDIM 508 Spotlight on Strategies

Background

Many of our students use a variety of forms of social media. Discovery Education shares, according to a 2010 study conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average 8 - 18 year old spends 7.5 hours interacting with media each day. Through their interactions on social media, students share a spotlight on their life. One social media outlet that students utilize is Facebook.


Imagine if we could implement this strategy into the classroom! Fakebook allows students to use the format of Facebook as a tool to help students synthesize the connections between characters and the events throughout the novel. Fakebook gives students the creative opportunity to share their understanding of a character and how the character develops throughout the plot.


Check out Facebook here!

Example

  • Explain to students they will develop a Fakebook account for a main character in one of the novels they have read throughout the school year. This can be a book that was read through whole group instruction, small group, partners, or individually.
  • Have students identify their book and the main character of the book. They must identify the name of their character. If the character does not have a full name (i.e. no last name), they must create a last name for them.
  • Students will begin to develop a Fakebook page for their character. Their Fakebook page must include:

- Picture of the character

- About Section: born, family, one additional fact

- Friends List

- Current Status and four or more previous status updates

- Two comments from members of the friends list

  • Once students have obtained all of their Fakebook information, they will transfer their information to Fakebook Template
  • Have students share their Fakebook pages with the class.

What does this look like in your classroom?

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Are you ready for the challenge?

Use this strategy in your own classroom and/or extend this idea into other content and subject areas!


  • Use Fakebook as a research project for a famous member of the United States.
  • Use Fakebook as a teaching tool. Students can create a profile as a teacher and share posts on topics in ELA, Math, or Science.


Adapt this strategy to work for you and your students! The creative possibilities are endless!


Here are additional ways educators can use Facebook in the classroom!

Credits/Citations

Baird, D. (2010, July 20). Using Facebook in the Elementary School Classroom [Prezi]. Retrieved October 9, 2015, from http://www.debaird.net/blendededunet/2010/07/using-facebook-in-the-elementary-school-classroom-parents-students.html


Facebook logo. (n.d.). Retrieved October 9, 2015, from http://www.facebook.com/


Fakebook. (n.d.). Retrieved October 11, 2015, from http://www.classtools.net/FB/home-page


Generation M2: Media in the Lives of 8- to 18-Year-Olds. (2010, January 20). Retrieved October 8, 2015, from http://kff.org/other/event/generation-m2-media-in-the-lives-of/



Washburne, G. (2013, September 13). SOS: Fakebook. Retrieved October 8, 2015, from http://blog.discoveryeducation.com/blog/2013/09/30/sos-fakebook/


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