4 Resources Connected to the March Short Read

By Lauren Salisbury
February 15, 2019

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"How Are Emojis Made?” in the March issue of Scope explores the fascinating story of who decides which emojis will be created. After reading the article, check out the resources below to keep the learning going.

4 resources to keep the learning going:

1. Article: “The Original Emoji Set Has Been Added to The Museum of Modern Art’s Collection”

Check out this MoMA article to view Kurita Shigetaka’s original set of 176 emojis released for cell phones in 1999.

To Discuss: How have emojis evolved? Do you think emojis are deserving of a place in a museum? Why or why not?

2. Blogpost: “230 Emojis in Final List for 2019”

Read this Emojipedia blogpost and watch the embedded video (2:42) that presents all 230 new emojis for 2019.

To Discuss: How does the video support ideas presented in the section "Diverse and Inclusive"  in the article "How Are Emojis Made?" How are this year’s emojis more diverse and inclusive? Which are your favorites? Which ones do you predict will be the most popular?

First Look: All 230 New Emojis for 2019

3. Video: “How Are People Celebrating World Emoji Day?”

Watch this video to learn about World Emoji Day.

To Discuss: What central idea from the article "How Are Emojis Made?" does the video support? What is your favorite emoji? What feeling or idea does it help you express?

How are people celebrating World Emoji Day?

4. Article: “A Hijab-Wearing Emoji Might Finally Happen Thanks to One Muslim Teen”

Read this article about Rayouf Alhumedhi, the teen who proposed the hijab emoji, including is a link to Rayouf's actual proposal.

To Discus and To Do:  In "How Are Emojis Made?" consider the question that Mackenzie Carro poses: "What emoji do you think the world needs next?" Then, individually or in pairs, write your own proposal using Rayouf's as a model. (To submit an official proposal, here are the Unicode Consortium’s official criteria. This helpful blog post includes a break down the proposal process.) 

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