After students read text have them create memes or gifs regarding the themes, characters, main ideas, concepts, etc. They use critical thinking skills to find ways to create the parodies/associations.
Here are some How To slides to help you and your students create artifacts.
Students can create memes or gifs in any of their classes. It’s not just limited to English class.
Math or Science
- Highlight an important inventor, mathematician or scientist and publish a quote or relevant biographical information.
- Demonstrate measurement, angle, and percentage concepts.
- Create a riddle or question for a mathematician or scientist.
- Summarize the main idea of a text over a snapshot of a book’s cover.
- Illustrate a region’s strengths, weaknesses, geographical markers, etc.
- Highlight an important historian and publish a quote or relevant biographical information.
- Promote political figures.
- Debate controversial issues
Create a slideshow, assign students slides and have them to paste their memes on their slides.
Many CCSS anchor standards are addressed when students create interactive images.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.CCSS.ELA.Reading.2
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.CCSS.ELA.Reading.4
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.CCSS.ELA.Writing.4
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.CCSS.ELA.SpeakListen.2
Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.CCSS.ELA.SpeakListen.3
Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.CCSS.ELA.Language.5
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.