Make Tweets Not War!

Making the Mean Tweet a thing of the past.

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Although it is true - Mean Tweets can be very entertaining, the reality is many things people feel comfortable saying to others online, or allow/excuse because they are funny can be actually be hurtful and create a culture of division online and beyond. 

One way to build empathy is to challenge students to apply different tones of voice and delivery to a variety of posts. As a language arts teacher this also allows for an exploration into precision of language - is what you are posting communicating what you want it to?

To accomplish these goals students could collect comments or tweets from the web and put the into a box/bag. Then the students could draw a one out of the bag to read, absent context, in a tone of their choosing.

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Amanda Levin "As a language arts teacher this also allows for an exploration into precision of language - is what you are posting communicating what you want it to?" --> This is a compelling point and seems like the basis for a broader discussion about online vs. offline etiquette. Common Sense Media has a wealth of resources -- for students, teachers, and parents/families -- related to cyberbullying. Check them out here: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/cyberbullying-toolkit#.

Nice work on this one!