TOPIC: TO TWEET OR NOT TO TWEET – September 26, 2017

Twitter. It is everywhere. It helped save people after the storms, and it has created a few storms of its own. Check out this week’s CLP Current Event Twitter: To Tweet or Not to Tweet and learn more. In addition to current news articles and stimulating and provocative prompts, you will find connections to the Constitution, how to use Twitter in your classroom, and more. Brought to teachers by Susie Marcus, CLP consultant, with CLP staff.

CLP CURRENT EVENTS: September 26, 2017


twit·ter verb
(of a bird) give a call consisting of repeated light tremulous sounds.
synonyms: chirp, chirrup, cheep, tweet, peep, chatter, trill, warble, sing
make a posting on the social media website Twitter.Twit-ter noun
Social networking website that allows users to publish short messages known as tweets that are visible to other users. These messages can only be 140 characters or less in length. Uses for twitter may include basic communication between friends and family, a way to publicize an event, company’s marketing device, politician’s communication tool, and so on. Twitter was founded in 2006; as of 2008 Twitter was estimated to have between 4 and 5 million users, and was the third most popular social networking site after Facebook and MySpace.

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NEWS SOURCES (7 total)

The Anatomy of a Trump Twitter Rant: From Scotland Yard to “Chain Migration”
by Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, Sept. 15, 2017
CLP says: partisan but considers what fuels the President’s tweets.

Twitter Prepares Tweetstorm Feature
by Paul Rubens, CCM High-Tech, Sept. 11, 2017
CLP: this could change the way Twitter is used!

Using Twitter to Save a Newborn From a Flood
by Marina Koren, The Atlantic, Aug. 28, 2017
Search and rescue is evolving fast in the social-media age …
CLP says: short, solid, good article



  • Should leaders in government and other fields use Twitter? Why or why not?
  • How has Twitter changed social media? How has Twitter encouraged social change? How might Twitter cause loss of positive self-image?
  • Why does President Trump use Twitter? What are the advantages and disadvantages of tweets from the President?
For more questions to consider

Background and More (11 total)

Lesson Plans (4 total)

Constitutional Connections (3 total)

Oregon Connections

Oregon State Social Science Standards

We the People Lesson Connections

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