Saturday, February 13, 2010

Profile Publisher: A Literacy Response Tool

Providing students with different ways to respond to a fictional work can enhance student motivation and increase relevance. Read Write Think has released a tool called Profile Publisher that allows students to create a pretend Facebook-esque profile for a fictional character. Read Write Think's description of the tool is as follows:
With this interactive tool, teens can create printed social networking or magazine/newspaper profiles for themselves, peers or family members whom they have interviewed, or fictional characters from books they have read. Featuring components of popular online social networking applications, this tool engages teens and provides a means for adults to talk about safe, responsible online behavior, such as having an awareness of who could be seeing online profiles and limiting highly personal information.
I believe that upper elementary and middle school students would find this tool to be motivating and accessible when responding to fictional texts. Since the tool is not meant to be publicly published, it does not require age limits or email sign ins. I think it could be a fun capstone project for literature circles! (Thanks to Richard Byrne for this resource!)

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for highlighting resources from ReadWriteThink. We are very proud of what we have to offer on the site! If you are interested, we pay educators in the field to publish lesson plans and share teaching ideas. Let me know if you would like more information.

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