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Shakespeare - Imagined Text Messages

Project Published 6/18/19 Last updated on 3/2/20

Students have fun imagining a text conversation between key Shakespearean characters. In this example we are focussing on Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice but this idea could be used in any text or play, Shakespeare or otherwise.


Follow up Task

Using a digital template, students create a text conversation between two key characters. This will consolidate their understanding of the key characters’ motivations and feelings, and illustrate the relationship between them.

Additional things you’ll need:

  • Adobe Photoshop

Skills Developed

An effective way to help students unpack specific moments in a play or imagine conversations they would like characters to have.

In our example, we’ve created remixable examples based on The Merchant of Venice, but this project could be repurposed for any Shakespeare play.

In addition, this project aims to develop and support the following digital literacy skills:

  • Problem Solving and Decision Making
  • Visual Presentation
  • Remixing Content

Suggested Tasks

  1. Ask students to work in pairs and explore what they think the key characters would be feeling during certain scenes, and how they might communicate.
  2. Demonstrate how to create an imagined Instagram post from an Adobe Photoshop template.
  3. Students create their own version of the text message conversation and can have some fun adding appropriate emojis to further illustrate the character's emotions.
  4. Encourage your students to share and discuss project outcomes.

Or, make it a game!

Give each student pair different characters and different points in the plot. The class could then try to figure out from the text exchange who the characters are and what’s happening.

Watch this video demonstrating how to do this project.

Products
  • Photoshop

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Duration
1-2 Hours
CC License
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Posted on 4/7/20 7:22:21 PM Permalink

​Hi, great information... you can also make fake Shakespeare - Imagined Text Messages by using a ​fake instagram messages generator tool. Many people use these tools to make fake conversations with celebrities and famous persons. Hope you like this

Shafiq Rehman

Posted on 9/28/19 12:11:15 AM Permalink

Great Resource looking to deep dive in it more​

Carly Manhart

Posted on 6/18/19 5:05:29 PM Permalink

​What an excellent combination of ELA and creativity. This is such a fun project!