Instructions to Students:
In today’s society texting is a useful form of communication where adolescents can exchange their feelings or emotions with each other. Hence, in realizing this point you will pick one of the books we have read this semester and create a text dialogue between two pairs of characters. This text conversation must really render an authentic characterization of how these characters portray themselves to be in the book and how they felt about a certain scene, scenario or conflict that happened in the plot. The text conversations must collectively be at least one-two pages long; and you are also encouraged to use certain “text lingo” or “emojis” that are popular amongst teens when they are texting each other. You are essentially allowed to be as creative and imaginary with the language as you would like to in this assignment.
Assessment Rubric: (15 pts total)
(Check List/Criteria of how students will be graded)
1. Character’s language in the text conversation matches the characterization that is depicted in the book. (3pts)
2. The tone of the text conversation between the characters matches the tone that exists between these two characters in the book. (3pts)
3. The mood of the text conversation reflects the various moods that can be identified with certain scenes in the book. (3pts)
4. The text conversation identifies the character’s feelings about at least one scenario/or conflict that happened in the book. (3pts)
5. The text conversation has appropriate language that reflects the cultural environment and setting of the book. (This can include slang, smiley faces, lol’s, or other emoji’s that often used among teens) (2 pts)
6. The text dialogue is at least one to two pages long. (1pt)
Common Core Standards
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.3B Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, reflection, and multiple plot lines, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3 Analyze how complex characters (e.g.,those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
Developing a “text” dialogue could create a few challenges for students, insofar as it may be difficult to capture the true authenticity of the characterizations, themes, conflicts and plotlines through this kind of format. Although texting is a concise form of communication, if this exercise is done thoughtfully, it can reveal the kind of personalities that these characters have displayed throughout the book and how these characters feel about the problems that have taken place in the plotline. For instance, if a character is known to have a depressed disposition throughout the entire book, it would be inauthentic for a student doing this exercise to create a text conversation/dialogue where this character is conveying an extreme sense of happiness. This is an aspect of the assignment that might be challenging if students are not really paying attention or incorporating the genuine tones/moods of their characters into the assignment.
(Model of This Assignment) Text Used: Perks of Being a Wallflower
Text Conversation #1 : This conversation is about the scene where Charlie kisses Sam and Mary Eliabeth gets upset.
Charlie: Sorry : ( 8:59pm
Mary Elizabeth: How could u embarrass me like that? 9:22pm
Charlie: idk, but I didn’t mean to hurt u. 9:34pm
Mary Elizabeth: If u didn’t want to be with me, u should have told me. 9:52pm
Charlie: I didn’t know what I wanted, everything happened so fast w/ me & u 10:05pm
Mary Elizabeth: I opened up 2 u; and you betrayed me by kissing my one of my bff’s 10:15pm
Charlie: I shouldn’t have done that; it’s just that me & Sam have this connection… 10:24pm
Mary Elizabeth: I should have known, you never looked @ me the way u look at Sam 10:33pm
Charlie: Could u ever forgive me? 10:44pm
Mary Elizabeth: We just need space Charlie. I’m not sure about u anymore…. 11:14pm
Text Conversation #2: This text conversation is about one of Charlie’s first experiences in hanging out with Sam.
Charlie: Hey Sam, I had fun w/ u guys 1:30pm
Sam: Last night was epic. I felt so alive!!!! 1:32pm
Charlie: U had this look on ur face that was so free!1:34pm
Sam: I luv driving thru that tunnel. And that song was crazy good : ) 1:36pm
Charlie: Yea, we have fun together don’t we? 1:37pm
Sam: Yea, we do. Ur a cool guy Charlie. 1:39pm
Charlie: Thanx…lol. Can I tell u something?1:41pm
Sam: Sure??? Lol 1:41pm
Charlie: I’m glad I met u Sam. 1:43pm
Sam: Me too : ) I think u are 1 of the nicest guys ever! 1:45pm
Charlie: Thanks : ) 1:45pm
Sam: Ur welcome : ) Ttyl? 1:48pm
Charlie: Yea, sure, I’ll see u later : ) 1:49pm
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