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February 24, 2014

Of Mice and Men….meets Twitter

by Randy Ziegenfuss

of-mice-and-men-john-steinbeck-speed-readingThis marking period Mrs. Kelly Butterbaugh, high school English teacher, and Mrs. Robin Burns, high school library media teacher, worked with eleventh grade English students to take part in a Twitter chat for the Of Mice and Men unit.  The project required students to reflect on the story and concept of the American dream after completing the novel.

The weather and frequent delays rearranged plans but students were excited to take part in the  Twitter chat Friday, February 21st.  Students used an interactive whiteboard and a shared Google document to answer the preliminary questions and to share ideas about Of Mice and Men and the concept of the American dream.  The class did a great job keeping up with the stream of dialogue and was able to plug in their shared answers from the Google document.

The opportunity to engage with other students outside of the Salisbury community was really beneficial for everyone involved.  One student commented on how much they enjoyed the activity and how it was “cool to see what other kids thought about the book our class read”.

The entire chat transcript has been archived on Storify and will be used with Mrs. Butterbaugh’s other two eleventh grade classes that meet on even days.

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