Shout out to Eva Buyuksimkesyan from whom I first saw this on her blog post titled "Twitter Bios for Book Characters". She wrote about how students can take part in this activity in which they create Twitter accounts.
I thought I would take this idea and make a template that teachers and students could use to digitally create their own Twitter profiles. This template was created in Google Drawing so that it is easy for users to make their own copies. I have seen this done for quite some time with services like FakeBook, which allows students to create fake Facebook accounts of characters. This Twitter template though is not a service so students will need to know a little on how to use Google Drawing.
Here are the TWO reasons why I really like this lesson idea:
1) It has the students do research / introspection for their character/person. They will need to think as if they were this person to either summarize their achievements or highlight their characteristics. They will also need to know about others who were connected to them in some way. For example if I was do assigned Atticus Finch from "To Kill A Mockinbird" I would have to know about his relationship with three individuals such as Scout, Boo Radley, and Tom Robinson.
2) This teaches students how to use and manipulate the tools found in Google Drawing. These skills are the same for other programs like Docs and Slides. Students will become more proficient with all these and find themselves using techniques like Crop, Layering, Shape Tools, etc for years to come.