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TEACHING: Shakespeare In Text-Speak

Voltron_210x Rapping Shakespeare is so 1990s.  Now some teachers are trying to bring Shakespeare to the world of kids' Sidekicks.  Can you tell what famous scene this is?

Bt w8, wuz dat lyt n d wndw ovr der?
Itz d east, n Juliet S d sun.
Rise ^, btifl sun, n kil d jLs m%n . d m%n
S alrdy sick n pale W grief coz u,
Juliet, her maid, r mor btifl thN she.


Romeo and Juliet Act 2, Scene II from the balcony scene But soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun. Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon, Who is already sick and pale with grief, That thou, her maid, art far more fair than she.(Amarillo.com | Local News: Texting Shakespeare 07/30/09.)

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Funny, but also a bit unsettling....

SideKicks are for short communication, not for plays. There's no need to force poetry into a medium that isn't designed for it. Better idea: consider how the characters might have used SideKicks if they had had them. Write the messages sent between Romeo and Mercutio (or Benvolio) during the party. Write the texts between Romeo and Tybalt after the party. Or between Romeo and Juliet the next day while they are apart. Or just all the messages sent by one character during a specific scene.

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