Creating a Social Media Page for a Famous American
Students will be able to locate and evaluate important information about a historical figure. Students will be able to compile important facts in order to create a fake social media page about a historical figure.
Introduction (10 minutes)
- Ask your class what they know about social media sites.
- After some discussion, tell your students that today they're going to get the opportunity to create a social media page for a historical figure.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (30 minutes)
- Display an article about a historical figure using document camera or interactive whiteboard. If these technologies are not available, read students an article and pass out copies so they can follow along.
- Upon reading the article, ask the students which important things they note about the person.
- On the board, write the following: Early Life, Family, Accomplishments and Impact of Accomplishments.
- Under each of these headings, guide students back through the article and model how to take notes on these topics.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (90 minutes)
- Ask students to fold their own paper into fourths and have them label each box with: Early life, family, accomplishments, and impact of accomplishments.
- Have your class write the headlines "Quote" and "Friends" on the back of their papers, giving space to record information between each.
- Allow students to choose a partner to work with.
- Instruct each pair of students to draw a name out of the box/jar with names of historic figures.
- Provide students with books and/or computers to look up information on their historical figure.
- Ask students to record their facts on their paper.
Independent Working Time (45 minutes)
- Give each student a copy of the Fakebook page.
- Ask students to use their recorded facts to develop a Fakebook page about their historical figure. Everything should be factual except the "likes" section.
- Students will also draw an image of the person OR create an icon the represents their person for the profile picture box.
- Allow advanced students to write some 140-character Tweets that they feel their historical figure may have sent out if they were alive today.
- Make sure that students who need additional support have access to reading materials on their lexile level. Also, ask them to just give 2 facts in each section on the notes page.
Assessment (20 minutes)
- Upon completion of the assignment, have each student give a 30-second oral summary about what made their historical figure famous.
Review and Closing (10 minutes)
- Talk about what your students have learned about historical Americans. Great questions to spark discussion include: In what ways are these historical figures alike? How would our lives be different if they had not lived?