Spanish 3 is working through a movie unit now. I was gone Monday (no Spanish-speaking subs around me) so had students copy new vocab and do some book activities to get familiar with it then gave them a PQA (Personal Questions and Answers) sheet to expand.
Tuesday we did a Zachary Jones (@ZJonesSpanish) sheet about planning a night to the movies. I had them expand and say what kind of movie it is, why they chose it, who the stars are, etc.
Wednesday I had students choose a a Spanish-language movie at random from the hat and they researched it and made a movie poster that told what type of movie it is, where it’s from, the actors, the director, a brief plot summary and any other interesting info they found on it.
Thursday for warm up, the students wrote a simple version of the plot of Cinderella. Then students did a gallery walk of the posters and gathered info from the posters (name of movie, type, one sentence basic idea of plot). We wrapped up with about 15 minute conversation circle (round 2) which went great. Students were really into talking about movies and everyone got into the conversation.
My plans to assess the vocab of movies is an oral quiz. I will give students a sheet with information about a familiar movie in English. Next they will listen to recorded questions in Spanish from me about the movie. I’ll ask things such as: What kind of movie is it? Will it make me laugh/cry/afraid? Who are the stars in it? What’s it about? Students will then record their answers to the questions. I’m choosing this type of assessment because I asked myself, what do we do with movies? We talk about them! We make recommendations! We tell people the good parts or the bad parts and advise them if they should go or not. We find common ground over movies and expand our horizons. Next week we’ll be doing some practice prepping for this assessment before they do the “real” thing. I’ll post an update on how this goes!
Until Next Time,