Here’s a fun way to add a bit of spark to reading, especially dialogue/conversation. Use the website iphonetextgenerator.com to create fake text message conversations. The site is pretty easy to learn and use. Each “screenshot” can be downloaded and added to a presentation or printed. Here’s part of my text conversation with Shakira from early this morning. As usual, she just wouldn’t leave me alone.
It was funny to hear the students’ explanations for how I created the texts. Most of them believe that I got up at 3:25 in the morning, used two cell phones, changed the contact name of one to Shakira, sent messages to myself and then took screenshots from my phone. I, of course, insisted that the messages were real and never revealed the secret.