In order to do this activity, you will need to type emojis using a keyboard. See below how to do this using Windows 10.
- Take known sentences from a story which you have been reviewing, and emoji-ize them, i.e., write the sentence on a document using ONLY emojis. NOTE - most likely, the sentences will not be a true one-to-one with emojis, because there are a number of words for which there are no emojis. My goal was to get the gist of the sentence as closely as possible.
- If you wish, scramble the emoji sentences so that they are not in order of the story.
- Project the emoji sentences OR print them out for students.
- Give students a copy of the passage from which the sentences come.
- Students are to find the sentence which the emojis best communicate and to write down that sentence.
- Review when students are done.
Extension activity - Give sentences from the story to students for them emoji-ize.
Here is the Emoji Find the Sentence activity which I did. I have included the Latin sentences and English translations for you.
- This was definitely a novel way for students to review a story, because it forced them to re-read the story to find the sentence.
- Emojis are a great way to deliver additional comprehensible input. They are compelling and are already a "language" with which students use to communicate.
- Be aware that students are not familiar with every emoji out there. If you have students create their own sentences to emoji-ize, you may have to help them out finding emojis.
- Unfortunately like when using pictures to deliver input, emojis can be interpreted differently by students. What seems obvious in meaning to one student is not always to another. It may be necessary to establish meaning for some of the emojis.
- If you print your sentences in black/white (as I did), sometimes meaning is lost, since the original emojis are in color. You may want to project your emoji sentences instead or to print them in color.
- For those students who did not have access to a smartphone, I had them use the classroom student computer and activate the emoji keyboard so that they could type out their sentences.