Twitter Trends… as a writting prompt!?

How have I not thought of this before! I found this on the DS106 assignment page.
You create a story or poem by using the trends on your twitter account.
The only thing I find that could be bad about this is if there were any negative/offensive trends. Controversial is always fine and good to have in middle years and high school classrooms but not negative items.
Here are my current trends:

Phil Jackson and Auburn have been arguing about basketball for hours!! Back and forth…. back and forth!!! They cannot seem to find a common ground. They agreed to disagree for the moment because Teen wolf was on T.V – not their favourite show but they strangely found it to be very addicting.  They realized they had a common love for T.V and film. Maybe they could settle their difference about basketball because they had so much in common.  The news came on after Teen Wolf and they were devastated. All this shocking news about the Ukraine and Crimea was really upsetting for them because they have family who knows people who are over in the Ukraine.

The story could go on and on but you get the picture. I think this would be a really cool activity for students in grade 6 and up.  If students do not know what one of the trends they have easy access to look it up. It is also a buy in because it will be current news that will likely interest them and have lots of pop culture embedded into it.

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  1. I really like this idea! I am in elementary, but I think middle years and high school students would love this. It is creative and engaging. It would be relevant to them! I would also worry that maybe something inappropriate would come up as a trend.. but overall I think that’s an awesome activity!

  2. I love this idea! I would have never thought of using twitter as a tool to get writing prompts from. One thing that I love about this is that it could be adapted and used throughout all the grades!

    1. Erin,
      I agree and I also love this idea! If trends are too far removed from students, specific tweets could be used as creative writing prompts or starters just as easily, such as “scientists discover a way to actually read minds,” “they are going to do what in our provincial parks?” or “I didn’t expect that!”

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