Lesson Plan

Fictional Character Social Media Page

Students will create a social media page for a character in the book most recently read in class.
Megan B.
Delaware Technical Community College
Dover, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

Students will be able to...

  • Demonstrate understanding of a fictional character's traits and relevance to the novel
  • Demonstrate understanding of a character's relationship to the novel's themes and plot
English Language Arts
Grades 5
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1 Attention Getter

Activity: Conversing

Bring students together for a discussion about the most recent book read as a class. Questions for the discussion will include:

  • Who was their favorite character and why?
  • Did they understand the themes of the book?
  • What part or character did they relate most to?

Then, allow a short time for students to discuss expansion questions in small groups (i.e., how the characters' lives continued after the book ended).

2 Hook

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To introduce the language of social media and type of thinking involved in figuring out various social media sites, the students will be given this license plate quiz. Then, when prompted, students will discuss how that language is similar to hashtags, and which hashtags they use most often on their own personal social media.

3 Guided Practice

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In the first part of the Guided Practice portion, the students will guess different celebrities' Instagrams from the screenshots in this presentation. They will be asked to explain how they knew which celebrity it was, as all names and icons have been blacked out.

4 Guided Practice

Students will independently design a Twitter or Instagram account for their chosen character. The teacher will create an email and password for the entire class to use when creating the account. The page must include:

  1. An original username/handle
  2. A picture icon
  3. A short biography
  4. At least three original posts

The students must also:

  1. Follow all other students in the class via the fake account*
  2. Like or retweet at least five posts made by other students*
  3. Tag at least two other students in their original posts*

In case any student does not have much familiarity with social media, these videos will be shown to the class.

Students will be given time in class to work on their sites, but must also work at home. If any student does not have access to Internet at home, adjustments will be made.

*If there are not enough students using one of the social media site options, all students must use the site the majority would like to use, so that students have the opportunity to interact with each other.

5 Independent Practice/Presentation

Students will then present their account to the class, pointing out the required features and why the student made them they way they made them. Students will explain why their original posts relate to their character/story, and will be grade on the quality of their account, requirements filled, and the volume/content of their presentation.