21ST CENTURY BOOK REPORTS:PINTEREST IN THE ELA CLASSROOM June 14, 2012
PROJECT OVERVIEW• Allow students to use Pinterest as a way to create a book report online.• Students will have certain benchmarks they have to reach each week.• The final result is a Pinterest board that they will present to the class.
BEHIND THE IDEAColleen Houck, a young adult author, uses Pinterest to create boards for each of her novels. Colleen’s Pinterest Page
ASSIGNMENT• The assignment will take place over 6 weeks.• Week 1: Set up• Week 2: Exposition• Week 3: Rising Action• Week 4: Climax• Week 5: Falling Action and Resolution• Week 6: Changes in main characters, opinion of the book, and theme
21ST CENTURY SKILLS LEARNED AND PRACTICED• Bookmarking• Appropriate use of social media*• Concise writing skills*• Learning to link to pictures on websites that have appropriate content*• Use of search engines• Use of image search
ASSESSMENTPinterest Application (20 points)• Pinterest board is created and properly labeled• Board description section is used for the theme of the book• At least 30 pictures are included• All pictures are relevant to the book• All pictures are annotated/explained• All pictures are retrieved from appropriate websites
ASSESSMENT CONT.Literature Application (20 Points)• Identified each of the story elements using pictures• Theme is identified• Includes five instances of citation from the book• At least two sentences for each photo• It is evident that the student has read and completed the novel
VARIATIONS• Commenting• Presentation• Literature Circles
PROS• Good for visual learners.• The resulting project will be neat by default, helping those students who may have trouble making things look nice.• Teaches students 21 st Century skills.• It is engaging.
CONS• Need to be 13 to access Pinterest.• Now need to log into Pinterest with either a Facebook or Twitter account.• Parents may not want their children to use this site for that reason.• Teacher will have to look at each individual Pinterest board to make sure the student has completed the assignment.
CITATIONS• Houck, Colleen. (June 14, 2012). Tiger’s Curse. Retrieved from http://pinterest.com/colleenrayhouck/tiger-s-curse/• Pinterest.com (June 11, 2012). Help. Retrieved from http://pinterest.com/about/help/