Social media as a tool to teach students about writing concisely

03/28/2011 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

The writers of this New York Times blog recommend using social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, to teach students about concise writing. In one activity, students write a personal essay in 140 characters; and in another, students create an example of authentic writing, such as an advertisement that could appear on eBay. Other ideas include "Twitter poems" or abbreviated fiction and creative writing.

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