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Facebook Newsfeed Summarizing Activity

July 31st, 2008 by Dave · 3 Comments

I just read this piece over at McSweeney’s. Basically, it is Hamlet written via Facebook newsfeed messages. A sample:

Hamlet wonders if he should continue to exist. Or not.

Hamlet thinks Ophelia might be happier in a convent.

Ophelia removed “moody princes” from her interests.

Hamlet posted an event: A Play That’s Totally Fictional and In No Way About My Family

The king commented on Hamlet’s play: “What is wrong with you?”

Polonius thinks this curtain looks like a good thing to hide behind.

Polonius is no longer online.

I really like this as an idea for an ESL class. In a novel reading class, students could come up with a Facebook newsfeed version of each chapter. Or, students could tell each other newsfeed versions of famous fairytales. You could even have students use it as a way to write about current events.

It’s a great way to practice summarizing, and I bet students would find it a nice change of pace. Plus, Facebook seems to be very popular among my students, so a lot of the vocabulary would already be familiar to them.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Alex Case // Aug 23, 2008 at 6:49 am

    Nice idea! Let us know how it goes when you try it

  • 2 David Woo // Nov 10, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    Good one – I’ll be trying it out in a few minutes!

  • 3 Dave // Nov 10, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    Good luck, let us know how it goes.

    I haven’t used it myself yet, but I will probably be teaching Creative Writing in the summer or fall, so I’ll give it a go then.

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