ELA (Emoji Language Arts)
Can I tell you about this “Hail Mary” lesson I did the other day? I say “Hail Mary” because it was mostly unplanned, thought of in the moment, and was the result of weeks of frustration. It also isn’t specifically "CCSS-aligned” or whatever. It’s also in a similar vein to my “Don’t Fear the Reaper/SNL” lesson.
We are working on speeches and how speakers create tone, through repetition or word choice. We started with The Gettysburg Address, to which many kids replied “how can we tell tone if we can’t hear him?” I ultimately played the Wikipedia audio clip, but they were quick to realize that wasn’t particularly helpful. We tried connotation/denotation, we tried vocabulary, we tried focusing on repeated phrases for importance…everything. They saw a wall of text with no way to make meaning of any of it.
The next morning, I copied/pasted these emojis onto a slide: