9 Things Every Teacher Should Know About Using Listicles in Class

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9 Things Every Teacher Should Know About Using Listicles in Class

By Charles Logan     May 17, 2019

9 Things Every Teacher Should Know About Using Listicles in Class

Listicles are a humorous way for students to condense and share information through text and images. But how do they work in the classroom? Here's why teachers and students can learn a thing or two (or nine) from BuzzFeed.

1. What exactly is a listicle?

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A listicle is a digital text that combines the words “list” and “article.”

2. And how are these listicles put together?

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Listicles typically include a humorous title; numbered subtitles; a static or dynamic image; and text that elaborates on the subtitle and/or image.

3. Interesting, very interesting…but I still don’t see how I might use listicles in my classroom.

Listicles can be an effective way for students to show their understanding in a novel format. Has your class just read about the Industrial Revolution? Ask students to make a listicle titled, “The 3 Most Important Inventions of the Industrial Revolution.” Finished a unit on the cell? Here comes the listicle, “Why the Mitochondrion Truly Is the Greatest Organelle.”

4. So my students are just making or finding funny pictures?

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They're also developing the digital and media literacy skills identified by Renee Hobbs in her book “Digital and media literacy: Connecting culture and classroom” by accessing appropriate images and GIFs; analyzing the image’s or GIF’s relationship to the class material; creating a new text in the form of a listicle; reflecting on how the image or GIF relates to the class material; and acting by sharing the listicle with the class.

5. Any other reasons I should incorporate listicles into my teaching?

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Sure! Listicles promote close reading, abstract thinking, and—gasp—playing.

6. What technology do you use to create listicles?


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Students can collaborate on a listicle using Google Docs, Microsoft Word or Padlet.

7. How about GIFs?

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Whether you’re team GIF (as in gift) or GIF (as in JIF peanut butter), you can find GIFs at giphy.com and gifer.com. In addition, a quick internet search provides different ways your students can make their own GIFs.

8. How about fair use?

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Incorporating listicles into your teaching allows you to discuss the four elements of fair use. Students (and teachers too!) can share media found on the internet when you’re using a small portion of the original; bringing new meaning to the original; revising and remixing the original into something completely different; and using the original for nonprofit reasons.

9. You don’t happen to have a lesson plan about listicles, do you?

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Not only do I have a lesson plan, I also made a ready-to-use framework. Want even more? Read my slide deck about teaching with listicles.

  

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