December 2014 archive

Characterization with Instagram

Happy weekend! I have been eager to share a project with you that I recently created for the novel, Bridge to Terabithia. The project involves creating an instagram profile for a character in the book, and (more exciting news!) can be found on my very new Teacher’s Pay Teachers site! Here is a quick run down of how it went:

At around chapter 11, when the class and I had a good idea of who the characters were, I had the students create an instinstagram1agram for a character of their choosing (Jesse, Leslie, or Janice). I used Jesse’s little sister, May Belle, as an example for the class when introducing the project, so she wasn’t an option. Not only was the project fun, but it also got students thinking deeply about who the characters really were. I gave them each a template, which I created, that included spots for three photos, a profile picture, amount of followers, and an introduction. The project prompted them to think about what the character would want everyone to see. For instance, when talking about May Belle, a six-year-old girl who looks up to her big brother, the students and I agreed that she would likely post a picture of her and Jesse together. As another example, we talked about how Jesse wouldn’t likely post a picture of Bridge to Terabithia, because it was important to him that it was kept secret. However, some students got very creative (or sneaky?) and gave Jesse only 1 follower (Leslie), made their accoinstagram2unt “private”, and then “posted” pictures of Terabithia. Along with the colorful instagram profile, students had to write a paper in which they explained why they created the profile the way that they did using evidence from the story. While the paper earned a big ughhh!”, the students really enjoyed creating the profiles and showing them off when they were finished. We had a “museum walk” at the end of the project and there were a lot of (quiet) giggles around the room as the students looked at all the different characters.

You can download the template + rubric here:unnamed

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Three Things I Love This Week

I can’t believe how long it’s been! Work is keeping me very busy! I have several lessons in my drafts that I am anxious to share with you, but since they’re lengthy I still have to make a few adjustments. So as a quick, but worthy update, here are three things I love this week:

Insurgent. I read Divergent back in January and loved it, but for someInsurgent_212 reason I never had an interest in pursuing the rest of the trilogy. Something caused me to pick up the second book this past week, and I couldn’t put it down. I just finished it today, but I wish I hadn’t…it’s that good! I love the multiple layers of the story and the plot is so filled with so many twists and turns that you are constantly kept guessing. I can’t wait to read Allegiant!

This site that I stumbled upon on pinterest. Ah, buzzfeed. It can always be counted on for good, but sometimes overwhelming, lists. This list is definitely overwhelming…but in a “Wow I can’t wait to look at all of these. When will I find the time?” kind of way. So far I really like Trover – which is a lot like instagram, but geared towards travel and discovering new places. It even has an option to save pictures to a list of dream destinations!

peter_pan_livePeter Pan Live! Peter Pan is my absolute favorite character. (Staying young forever, flying, and fighting pirates? Yes please.) When I was younger I would watch Peter Pan every time I was upset, so when I saw that they were making a live version, I couldn’t wait! The whole production was so well put together and I really felt as if I was at a live production. But this might have been even better, because I was actually home in my pajamas with a cup of hot chocolate. The set had a very fairy tale feel and the actors were amazing– it was especially cool to see Allison Williams in such a different setting!

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