Memes for All

Consider: How can you have students use technology and communicate ideas to reach wider audiences?

If you have been on the internet recently you know that there is a meme for every. single. thing.  Memes are sometimes playful and poke fun at pop culture or human folly.  Other times memes tackle serious matters and have a biting, critical tone.  Memes are even said to have played a role in our last election.  According to Google.com, the word ‘meme’ is defined as: a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc., that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users. 

Here are some memes you just may relate to:

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Our students have grown up with these memes.  Many create their own memes and circulate them to friends, hoping they go viral and catapult them to internet stars.  Mayra Perez recently put technology in the hands of her students and had them create memes based on content in her Spanish class.  Do you know what I love about this assignment? (Beyond the technology involved, of course!)  Memes are used in the real world.  Students are required to think about a wider audience beyond the teacher and will, therefore, make choices based on communicating these ideas to their audiences.  This, of course, directly addresses one of our semester Anchor standards- Writing 4Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization and style are appropriate to task, purpose and audience.  It also addresses Writing 6: Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.  This assignment brings teaching and learning into the 21st century in an engaging way and hits at least one of the 4 Cs-Creativity!    Check out Mayra’s assignment below:

Create 3 memes:
1 using a formal comman (ud/uds)
1 using a subjunctive phrase
1 either command or subjunctive

First, Mayra showed her students two examples that she created.  This is, of course, an important step that should never be skipped!  Please always provide students models of products you would like them to create.  Do not be afraid that they will simply copy your examples.  They won’t!  They will appreciate that you took the time to do the same assignment they are about to complete.  They will appreciate that you have already trouble-shooted any tech issues.  They will appreciate an example that acts like a guideline for your expectations.

Also, point them to meme generators that will help them create their own.  You can probably even ask students what their favorite generators are.  Alternately, you could also use Google Slides and assign through Google Classroom for a quick and easy way to assess. Some meme generators include:

Here are some student samples from Mayra’s classes:

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Consider:  How can you have students use technology and communicate ideas to reach wider audiences?    

Thank you for sharing, Mayra!

As always, I am available to help you brainstorm ideas, help you address the anchor standards, provide feedback on a lesson, teach a lesson to your class, model a lesson in my own class…just let me know!

Sarah

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