Texting and Communication

Texting is a bit controversial. Some people believe it’s bringing back the lost art of written communication, while others think it’s ruining it. Some experts say that people gave up writing when they began using the phone to communicate. But with texting, people have returned to the written word to express themselves. Others argue that all of the abbreviations used in texts are ruining spelling and grammar. And now that emojis are in, some believe words will be out. But for now, words are still the main content in a text.

So you do have to be literate to text. You have to read and understand context in order to translate some of the abbreviations. For example, does LOL mean “laugh out loud” or “lots of love”? It depends on the context of the rest of the message. If it’s at the end of a joke, it’s likely “laugh out loud.” If it’s the signature on a valentine text, it’s likely “lots of love.” Literacy and understanding words in context are the keys to deciphering the message.
There’s not much texting in the newspaper, although you might find some in the comic strips. What you can do with the newspaper is practice condensing information into a text message. Choose a story from today’s news. Rewrite the main idea as a text message. Take turns writing the texts on the board in your classroom, and see if your classmates can figure out which story you chose.

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