Write or project the following conversation for students to see.
Person 1: hru?
Person 2: hv hw
Person 1: cul8r?
Person 2: gr8 ttys
Ask students, When would you write something like this? [text message on a smart phone] Follow by asking, Does the message use symbols that everyone can read? [Only people who know how to send text messages in English can understand the code.] Have one or more students translate the text messages into full sentences shown below.
Person 1: How are you?
Person 2: Have homework.
Person 1: Call you later? Person
Person 2: Great. Talk to you soon.
Ask students to share other examples of text messaging codes. Ask, What are the advantages of using a code? [A code conveys information in a compact way, but the receiver has to know how to make sense of the code.]
- Moreno, N. (2017) Complex Traits: Using Dogs as a Model for Modern Genetics. Baylor College of Medicine: Houston. ISBN: 978-1-994035-08-2.
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