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Dingbat Dictée

Recipe for teaching Unicode poetry to students of all ages: ((Previously tested in Brussels and Kiel.))

  1. Print out listings of the following Unicode blocks: Dingbats (2700–27BF), Miscellaneous Symbols (2600–26FF) and eventually Miscellaneous Symbols and Arrows (2B00–2BFF). It is important you include the descriptions in the language of your choice. Below are German, English and French sample files.
  2. Contextualize the Dictée by showing this picture for example.
  3. One person selects a number of descriptions he or she finds interesting
  4. Read out the number, followed by it's description
  5. Allow participants a set time to come up with a proposal that fits the description. Depending on the medium of choice, rhythm can vary: pencil up to 30 seconds; cutting or digital drawing: up to 10 minutes.
  6. Compare results of participants to each other and to official Unicode blocks