My students are always quick to moan and groan when Shakespeare is mentioned. Why do we have to read this? What is he even saying? How does any of this make sense? These are just a few of the questions we teachers hear year-in and year-out. However, when the language finally clicks (or they find a good translation!), my students realize the themes Shakespeare addresses and the conflicts his characters face transcend time and place. But you already knew that, right? Which is why you're the teacher! ;)
This project forces students to analyze and truly internalize a passage from Romeo & Juliet through creating their own translation of the text into modern "texting lingo." My students really had a blast with this assignment and loved that they were allowed to put a bit of their own flair into it. Additionally, it was useful for me to see which students still did not fully understand the play. While they are only translating a small protion, it is necessary to understand the full context of the passage within the larger work. It was clear which students had not read more than the passage they were assigned.
The document includes a rubric out of 30 points for easy grading. The rubric is not specific to Romeo & Juliet, so it can be easily adapted for use with any work; however, the instructions portion would need to be heavily modified.
It would be beneficial to create your own practice text and walk your students through using the fake text generators before turning them loose. We use Google, so my classes save the images from the generators and submit their finished products through Google Classroom; however, they can also be easily printed from the text web sites.
While I didn't get to it last year, my goal this year is to have the projects printed in color and use them to adorn my hallway bulletin board.