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 instagram 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 account “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.