Join Our #readergrams + #writergrams Community!

Happy new year everyone! As we all return to school, I’d like to share an idea with you that I’m hoping will break down those classroom walls and create larger learning networks for our students. For those of you who take part in #bookaday on Twitter, you know that it’s such a great way in getting ideas of what book to read next. Not to mention, it keeps us accountable for what we’re reading since others are eagerly waiting to hear all about it. Over the course of the summer, I started noticing that you can do a lot with 140 characters to get someone excited about a book. There’s so many ways to talk about a book using social media. You can tag others, insert a photo, connect with the author! The words you choose are so important too. Take a look at these tweeted by incredible teachers (@TonyKeefer, @ColbySharp, @Literacyspark, @KristinZiemke):

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I started thinking, you know, why not build a community like this for our students?! It seems quick, simple, and very powerful. I can imagine my students would be thrilled if someone recommended them a book from another state or someone decided to read a book because of their recommendation.

If you’re interested in joining in on the fun, here’s the plan. We will use the hashtags, #readergrams and #writergrams for every post made by students. You can post #readergrams and #writergrams on Twitter, Instagram, or even Vine. I haven’t tried Vine yet with my students, but Kristin Ziemke and Katie Muhtaris are raving about the power of 7 second video book talks. 


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What would be considered #readergrams?

  • Any book recommendation
  • A student looking for a book recommendation (i.e. “Looking for a new HF book to read. Any suggestions?”)
  • Any announcement about a book they are currently reading




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What would be considered #writergrams?

  • Any link to a student blog post, student slice of life, or student digital writing piece
  • A student looking for a peer editor or suggestions (i.e. “First draft of memoir – how can I make this better? [insert link]”)
  • Any announcement about what writers are working on right now



Our students won’t return until after Labor Day but if you’ve already started school, feel free to get the ball rolling! We’ll join in as soon as we can. Follow my class on Twitter, Instagram, and Vine: @HaleNetwork5th (same name for all accounts!)