[This product features a full page of directions for students along with grading guidelines, then a second page with a full example of the text conversation and written explanation. I have not put a preview file, however, to avoid giving away all of the content in a free download.]
Using the website iFakeTextMessage.com, students will create a "text-speak translation" of dialogue between two characters, specifically from a scene in Act III of Hamlet (this product can be modified to fit any work of literature or any specific selection from a text, however).
After students have created their "text speak" version of the dialogue between two characters, students will write a one-paragraph reflection discussing why they chose that scene and set of characters, how "translating" to text affected the conversation's content and delivery, and any additional thoughts on the subject. Students can then print out their finished conversations and reflections, or they can draw the text conversation and write the reflection by hand if they do not have access to a computer/printer/internet.
Effectively, this assignment not only makes students think on a metacognitive level about dialogue and setting, but it also puts them in a creative position, rather than a passive position, and encourages them to analyze how conversational content is affected when one changes the medium of communication (from in-person communication to text communication) and also the time period of the communication (from Shakespearean times to modern-day lingo). Ultimately, this assignment places equal emphasis on both the content of Act III and the concepts of text, communication, and content construction.
Additionally, this assignment will make for great laughs and fun during an in-class debrief once the assignments have been turned in, and examples can also be put up on the wall for some unique decoration featuring exemplary student work.
Good luck, and have fun with it!