Mentor Teaching Moves: Love This #sosmart Idea! #T4TMoments

This chart stopped us in our tracks:

Ms. Bruns

We have seen lots of Book Talk charts in our classroom travels, but this is the first time we saw one with hashtags (#).  This teacher has her students share a big idea about their book by creating a hashtag.  Hashtags are all over social media and are used to make a point, express an idea or identify messages on a specific topic.  Such a great idea!!  It is fun, trendy and rigorous!

Synthesizing a big idea, message or point about a book, a character or a series is not an easy task.  It requires a deep understanding of theme, character trait, mood, and genre.  A hashtag is also used to “sell” or get someone to take note.  Students have to think about how to “package” or “angle” their idea to connect with their audience.  How can they use the hashtag to describe, hook and persuade others to read a book?  It works on Facebook and Twitter – we can’t wait to see how it works to sell books in upper elementary and middle grade classrooms!

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