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Grade 4 Tweets with their Favorite Authors
Posted 09/06/2017 03:34PM
Fourth graders in Mr. Sheppard's class have been using Twitter to connect with their favorite authors from around the world. The class began by sharing with each other their favorite books that they had read over the summer or in the first weeks of school. During this sharing, students were asked to give a brief summary of the book and explain what they liked about it. The class also defined social media and discussed how it can be used responsibly to connect to a large audience or to a specific person. Students were then tasked with writing a 'tweet' to the author of their favorite summer book. They were required to write what they liked about the book as well as ask the author a question. This proved to be very challenging as students had to write within the confines of Twitter's 140 character count limit. Creativity and strategic thinking were required to fit all of their ideas into such a limited space. Elise wrote "@afharrold Been reading your book #TheImaginary Love it! It's really creative. What are you going to write next? - ES Grade4 student"
Many authors, including Brandon T Snider, Mary Pope Osborne, and Andy Griffiths 'liked' tweets that students wrote. This provided evidence that these professional authors were reading what the class had written. Some authors even chose to write back. After Lee tweeted "@StudioJJK I'm reading your book #LunchLady I'm wondering when is your next book coming out? I think your book is so fun! LL" Author Jarett Krosoczka responded "Thanks so much! The latest Jedi Academy book was published last month." AF Harold responded to Elise's question by tweeting "Thanks - glad you've been enjoying it. You can see the rest of what I've written at afharroldkids.com... There's all sorts there..."

You can see all of the class' tweets and much more by following Mr. Sheppard on Twitter @Mr_Shep63. Next for the class will be showcasing their learning on Instagram @Mr_Shep63.

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