“Booksnaps” are visual responses to texts that students are reading. When I first saw #BookSnaps on Twitter I was a little confused. There were a lot of “Bitmojis” and “emojis” pasted on pictures of text. My understanding was that the students were providing a personal reaction to the books that they were reading. I certainly liked the idea of responding to books in a visual way using technology, but I wanted my students to go deeper than just pasting emojis onto pictures of books. As a class, we came up with a list of when it would be appropriate to create a #Booksnap and then created the success criteria together to make our #Booksnaps something that others would be interested in reading.
When to #Booksnap
An interesting or exciting part in the story.
Information or a fact from a Non-Fiction book that you found particularly interesting.
At the beginning of the book when you would like to make a prediction.
A personal reaction to something that has happened in the story.
A book recommendation when you have completed reading the book.
To identify and react to the problem in the story.
To identify and react to the main idea in the story.
To identify and react to the setting description in the story.
#Booksnap Success Criteria
Balanced design between pictures and text.
Text is written clearly and is easy to read.
Title and author are included (source).
Includes a personal reaction and evidence from the text.
In our class we have used Seesaw to create #Booksnaps but find that Pic Collage is much easier to edit and make changes and it has a few more bells and whistles for choices in texts and backgrounds. Here are a few more samples of the work that students have created. All of the samples that I have included here are from grade four students.
When students finish the #Booksnaps they post them to their account in Seesaw and I also airdrop them to myself and then put them on Twitter under my class account with the #Booksnaps and share on our school Twitter account. Sharing these responses and getting feedback makes the learning authentic and meaningful for students. The students are excited to create book responses in this format and they keep amazing me with new and interesting ways to interact with their texts.