What happens when two reading classes mix students and take part in an Epic Tweet Battle? An engaging lesson in which the purpose-for-reading writes itself.
Our classes met in the common-space under a veil of mystery and anticipation. Students were randomly grouped, and team captains were given sealed envelopes with the rules.
Each group found out which character they were, the purpose for the tweet battle, and were instructed to highlight text that would help them in the tweet battle. We read, we highlighted, and then we battled!
The rules were simple:
- Tweets must be grounded in the text.
- Tweets must be school appropriate.
- Tweet may not use modern slang.
Both Lindsey and I were projecting our classroom Twitter accounts and following the hashtag we created for the event.
The students loved it so much , they wanted to continue another day. Luckily, we have an awesome administrator who wanted to jump in as Katrina Van Tassel. Adding her to the mix re-energized the students and helped to keep them on track.
Check out some of the tweets!