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In the last couple of years cell phone use (and students’ abilities to sneak them) has exploded in classrooms. I decided that rather than fight it, I would try to embrace it in the classroom. I did a version of this assignment last year and the students LOOOOOOOVED it. It was right in their wheelhouse of ability! Using common cell phone tactics seemed to jump-start their brains into making character inferences in a way that other assignments just couldn’t. .
This product asks the students to create/write a texting conversation between to book characters.
I include instruction pages with and explanation on how I use this product as well!
Common Core this product covers:
o CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1 Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
o CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.3 Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.
o CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.