Everyone is welcome to join, there is no grade or age level restrictions. Young, old, short, tall, students, teachers, parents, etc. are all encouraged to add to the story and follow along with #1uponatweet
#1uponatweet is a hashtag you can follow on Twitter. We encourage everyone to add to the story in a kid appropriate manner (no inappropriate language, etc.).
Search the hashtag to see what the latest tweet is and add to the story. Use your classroom Twitter account or your personal one just add the #1uponatweet to the end of your tweet to have it link to the story.
My class will start the story on Monday, May 4th. Look for the first tweet by noon. Search the hashtag #1uponatweet and be sure to click on "All" not "Top" to get the latest tweets for the story (see picture below). I have found that the best way to keep the story moving forward in one direction is to pick a special time of day and try to stick to tweeting at that time. Of course we know that things happen and the best made plans are meant to be ditched. :-)
*You do not have to tweet everyday.
This is a great way to teach students about different story elements and genres. My favorite part of all of this is when students connect with other students and really take ownership of their writing. They look forward to seeing how the story is coming along each day and can't wait to add their twist to it. I see them really start to use their imagination and creativity with this story.
There are lots of ways to do this in your classroom. Here are just a few ideas...
#1 The Good Old Fashion: The teacher calls on students and then scribes what they are saying to create the tweet.
#2 The Democratic Process: Students give their ideas for the next line in the story and then they all vote on the one they want.
#3 Fake Tweeting: Each student writes their fake tweet on a piece of paper (make sure it is only 127 characters) and then one is chosen to really tweet out.
#4 Flare for the Dramatics: Use Twitter's new video feature to have students act out the next part of the story.
#5 The Vincent van Gogh: Draw the next scene and tweet the picture to the hashtag.
Please, please, please feel free to be creative and share your part of the story any way you would like.