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Using Microblogging and Social Networking to Explore Characterization and Style

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Using Microblogging and Social Networking to Explore Characterization and Style

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 50-minute sessions, plus time for interacting on the online social networks
Lesson Author

Suzanne Linder

Suzanne Linder

Champaign, Illinois


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology






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  1. Sign up for Twitter and practice sending a few historical tweets.
  2. Familiarize yourself with the Jane Austen Style Sheet and add any additional stylistic elements or examples as you see fit.
  3. Familiarize yourself with the definitions of pastiche and novel of manners.
  4. Set up the class Ning before Session Four.
  5. Duplicate any handouts required.
  6. Arrange for computer access during the appropriate sessions.

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