These tasks for the excerpt from Mark Haddon's novel, take a closer look at both the character of Christopher Boone and modern communication in the digital era through language and emojis.
Discussion Task: Emojis and Communication
In the opening chapters of this novel, the main character Christopher, has a hard time interpreting images of facial expressions that look a lot like 'emojis'. Have you thought about how much time you spend sending a message by using an emoji or interpreting an emoji that has been sent to you?
Discuss the following questions:
- Why do we use emojis?
- Do emojis make communication better or worse? Try to give some specific examples to explain your points.
- Do you think emojis will be as important in the future or will they evolve into something different?
Creative Writing Task: SMS Dialogue
Use ifaketextmessage to create an SMS dialogue between Christopher and Mrs. Shears, in which Christopher tries to explain that he did not kill her dog Wellington. He wants to solve the murder, but he needs her help. Use your interpretation of the character of Christopher to help you communicate in words and emojis, in a way that suits his personality.
Creative Writing Task: My Favourite Emojis
Write a creative text based on the statement "Tell me your favourite emojis, and I'll tell you who you are."