Summarizing chapters or sections of a book:
It takes quite a bit of skill to boil a summary down to a few sentences that truly capture the main ideas of a chapter. Students can create a Slides file from the template where each slide becomes the summary for each section of text you assign. They will need to choose a screen handle and profile picture that are appropriate for the character they are impersonating. They will also choose a picture and some text for their "post". This is an example for Chapter 1 of Charlotte's Web.
Baby pig photo from Michael Kappel
Responding to a historical event:
Students will need to choose a screen handle and picture appropriate for the historical person they are impersonating. They will find a profile picture and "post" some text. This can be used to summarize an event or show their understanding of an event and/or its importance.
Students will take on the perspective of the animal and make posts to show their knowledge of that animal's life, habits, habitat, and diet, etc. Think of something like "If an iguana had Instagram". I'll tell you what, I learned quite a bit about Iguanas while creating these "posts" for this example!
Wild Plum photo from Forest and Kim Starr
Some other ideas are:
- Highlight a scientific discovery or invention
- Make a post that a book character would make about a certain event from the story if they had an Instagram account and lived in our day and age
- Make a post to show their knowledge of why a noteworthy person is well known
There are so many ways to utilize this type of template. I'd love to hear how you decide to use it, and so would Ryan! Feel free to tweet it out and tag us both (@TeachingTechNix and @creativeedtech).
You can get a copy of Ryan's Instagram template by clicking here. On the page that opens up, click the blue "Use Template" button in the upper right corner.
Check out Ryan's website for more amazing templates for all sorts of fun things.
*If you liked this Instagram template, you might also like my Fake Tweet Template.