I designed this activity as a review for reading several chapters of a novella, and it involves collaborative writing and speaking. The writing and speaking will happen, of course, appropriately for the level of the students.
- Divide students into small groups (3-4 in each).
- Give each group a whiteboard and markers, and a few 4 x 6 index cards. Ask them to draw a scene from one of the recent chapters they have read together as a class. They must also write on an index card in Latin a summary of the scene they are drawing (and their names on the back of the card). After the first round, you may place a time limit on it–say 5 minutes, but the first time you do this, you may want to be flexible about how much time it takes.
- When all are ready, take up the scene and card, and then redistribute them to groups so that each gets a scene that they did not draw. You keeps the cards for scoring.
- Groups have 5 minutes to decide how to explain the scene they have received in Latin. Then, each in turn shows the scene they have and they explain the scene “Latine tantum.”
- You mark scores on the index cards. Scoring:
- 5 points for a well drawn scene
- 5 points for a good Latin summary
- Up to 5 points for a good Latin description of another group’s scene.
- -1 point whenever English is used in the descriptions, written or spoken.
- Play as many rounds as possible. At the end, have stickers ready for top scoring teams. I like to make that stickers for all, and perhaps some extras for the top scoring team because, really, doing what they are doing here is sticker-worthy all the way around!
You may also use this for an assessment for reading, speaking and writing standards.