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: 

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I finished the set of V emoji’s I wanted to do!!! The one of V crying is just because I like to see my favs in pain.

about the elephant emojis

taken from emojipedia


a sweet baby, wants to be friends. trying their best.


a blue boi !!!! hes really friendly but knocks things over a lot. i love him.


wow there he is !!!!! he sure walks!!! o boy hes doin fine !!!!!!


very loving and gentle, just a baby. needs to escape where she lives.


his name is bob and he’s a father of three. i love him and support him.


oh man!!!!! shes a little on the wild side, even though she looks a lil plain. she might steal ur water with her beautiful trunk!!!!


a noble elephant!!! they protect their family and yours. likes to pose.


awwww. she;s a little shy and doesnt think shes all that much but!!! shes so good!! she loves her friends! :’)))


a small boy, still a baby! really wants to be a firefighter and has to be told not to spray things with water sometimes. he likes to help ppl!


this guy may look pure, but theyre a little mischievous! they like apples. 


another blue !!! this guys on the older side, but he still tries to take care of his friends and family. loves babies. i trust him 100%.