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Translation Tuesday! Translation Activity for the Classroom

Posted on December 01, 2015

In honor of Translation Tuesday, we’re sharing the lesson plan “Found in Translation: Parsing and Appreciating Difficult Texts” from The New York Times Learning Network blog. By comparing the King James Bible with other more contemporary translations, students assess the value of reading difficult texts in their original language and consider how various translations can change the feel of a text. 

Possible extensions of the lesson include assignments for students to create their own translations from archaic English into contemporary language; or alternately, to translate a contemporary piece into King James-style English. (Scroll down the page for these activities.)