ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Fake Facebook projects in the classroom

Updated on March 26, 2012


There is not doubt that most teens are familiar with a Facebook wall. They know how it works. They know the language. Face it, they know a lot more about it than most adults. According to a 2010 study by PEW, 93% of teens are online at some point in the week, and 73% of these teens use social networking sites, the majority using Facebook. Why not put this knowledge and interest to good use in the classroom.

Fake facebook projects are a great way to to do this. Probably the best reason to use a fake Facebook template is that it requires high level thinking. Students might mindlessly write posts on their personal wall, but building a fake wall requires students to research a topic and then create a wall using that information. In creating a fake wall, students do not only take the role of one character, they take on several. Students have to write from the perspective of the main character and all of the friends on the page. Before students do this, they have to seriously research the character or figure and know who all their friends are as well as enemies. They also have to write in the individual voices of each of the characters. Doing this makes the brain work hard.

Student Guidelines

Here are a few tips for students that will make creating a fake Facebook wall much easier:

1. Choose a main character. This is going to be the owner of the wall.

2. Guide students in thinking about relationships. That is what social networking is all about. In literature, research family members and friends. Depending on the figure, researching enemies will also add depth to the wall.

3. Make a plan. Think about how the conversation needs to go. Is it going to cover a week or years? This will be important, and a plan will make putting the wall together much easier.

4. If computer access is a problem, draft the wall before it is entered on the computer.

5. Make sure and follow the guidelines on the rubric.

English Fakebook Examples

English classes present numerous opportunities to use fake Fakebook projects as learning tools. Because English classes revolve around stories, there are always characters to portray on fake walls. Have students write a wall from the perspectives of characters within a story.

History / Social Studies Examples

The most common use of fake Facebook projects in the history classroom is to act as a historical figure. Students might also write from the perspective of a country. An even more abstract idea is to write from the perspective of a rock or tree that is looking out over the western plains, or maybe a tree in the Brazilian rainforest.

Science Examples

The science classroom provides excellent opportunities to use fake Fakebook pages as an engaging learning tool.


Quality thinking is not produced in student work by a rubric with 15 or 20 guidelines for students to follow. This rubric is simple with three key points for students to be aware of as they are working on the project. Before starting the project, make sure students are aware of the basic requirements. This should mainly be a number of posts and replies on the wall. Other than that, let students have free reigns on the project.


Submit a Comment

No comments yet.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)