Teaching Using Twitter: A Tool for Grappling with Medieval and Early Modern Sources

Lee, Alexandra R. A.. 2022. Teaching Using Twitter: A Tool for Grappling with Medieval and Early Modern Sources. Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching, 29(1), ISSN 1050-9739 [Article]

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Students often struggle to deal with medieval source materials. They are often composed in an unfamiliar language or accessed through dated translations. A key skill for students to learn when reading and notetaking, as well as for their own writing, is writing a thesis statement: a sentence summing up the argument of a text. This can often prove challenging, especially when synthesising complex ideas into a single, concise sentence. By using social media style activities in my classroom, I encourage students to summarize medieval and early modern texts in their own words and be creative while doing so. This has had a positive impact on participation, with students eager to explain the reasoning behind their tweets and memes in class. In this article, I present three case studies of using Twitterstyle assignments that I designed and taught at University College London (UCL) and King’s College London (KCL) in 2018–19 and 2019–20.

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