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This assignment piece allows students to create a social network account for a character in any story, play, or novel!

We hear a lot these days about how our students enjoy communicating with one another on sites like Facebook, Foursquare, Tumblr, and Twitter.

This assignment is essentially a 21st century character analysis assignment as a “mock social network.” Students must imagine that the character they are working with has a profile where they post their thoughts, concerns, activities, and more.

There have been many creative ways to teach literature over the years including mock newspapers, mock trials, and the like. This particular project puts a 21st century spin on those assignments and allows students to express themselves in a familiar medium.

Students may role-play as a character and update “status updates” as if they were the character. They must write updates in a way that demonstrates what they know about each character and/or how the character impacts the work of literature.

For example, a student analyzing Romeo & Juliet might role-play as Romeo and post some of his deepest concerns about the Montague-Capulet conflict on his social networking page, while a student playing Juliet might make comments about her mother’s cold indifference on hers.

A student might imagine Friar Laurence’s status updates as he thinks about ways to help Romeo and Juliet, while another student might consider writing from the perspective of the free-spirited Mercutio or the warm-hearted Nurse.


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