Sunday, July 13, 2014

Hack Social Media to Write Something New

Recently through the #CLMOOC, I was excited to find some ideas that utilize social media in a different way. In essence you hack what's there to make something new! 

Most kids have a Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or some other social media account and most kids have a cell phone with text messages. Why not take that content and create something new? 

The goal is to take first lines and to create poetry. You can set the rules or kids can- but the idea is go with first lines from messages they have received. No advertisements or memes can be used, you must pull from the first lines- although you can pick and choose from the first line of each text message or post. Students can list the lines in the order they find them or they can list multiple lines and play around with the order. 
Obviously appropriate content is also a must when setting the guidelines. 
Take it up a notch and challenge them to create haiku from first lines or try some flash fiction. The possibilities are endless. 

Here is what I did from first lines in my Facebook Feed. The rules I set for myself include: 
1. Use first lines only from people I knew.
2. No advertisements, commercial posts, memes or video/picture captions could be used- only status posts. 
3. I could pick part of the first line
4. I could scroll through rather than choose one post right after the other, but once I selected a line I could only go forward, not backward in my feed.
5. I could add punctuation where I like to help make meaning. 

Here's my FB hacked poem: