Giving my 8th graders room for creativity

With a year and half of Spanish under their belts, my 8th graders have a pretty strong mastery of simple vocabulary and the structure of the language. We had just finished Martina Bex’s Unit 6 “¡Siéntate!” (Whoa, is this a free unit?! Praise Martina!) Instead of doing a Free-Write with them, which is a typical way I end a unit, I gave them time to create their own stories on a Google Slideshow.

Our chapter 6 scripts lead us in some pretty ridiculous directions and you can see them reflected in their projects. The target words are se levanta (gets up) se sienta (sits down) and grita (yells)

The story for one of our class ended up like this:                                        There is a girl. Her name is Shrek. One day, Shrek sits in Lord Faarquad’s throne. Lord Faarquad sees that Shrek is sitting in his throne. Lord Faarquad does not yell at Shrek. Lord Faarquad cries. He cries because Shrek is dirty. Shrek gets up and hugs Lord Faarquad.                                  Then, Shrek runs to his grandma’s house. Shrek yells “Grandma” but she doesn’t respond. He yells “Grandma” again. Shrek sits down. Grandma is in bed and she gets up. (The students REALLY wanted Grandma to be pregnant…..) So, Grandma gets up and sees Shrek. She yells at Shrek loudly “Shrek! Get up!” Shrek doesn’t get up. Shrek says “Why?” Grandma yells “Get up! You are sitting on my baby!” Shrek gets up and sees the baby. He is sad and cries. The baby is flat like a pancake but is not dead. Enter, STORYENDING FAIRY to wrap up the lose ends of the story. This is a student job from Ben Slavic’s Jobs for Kids. The Storyending Fairy fast-forwards the story to the end, with a wave of their magic wand and a few sentences. Usually, in my class it is everyone dies, someone eats someone else, someone cries or someone explodes. Occasionally it is a happy ending.

Here is are samples from a few of the stories they created on Google Slides! I did not edit them at all, so it is truly their work – not mine.

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I was particularly fond of the next story because I make an appearance.

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Here is the rubric I used to grade them and an editable version here    (story caption project rubric) if you would like to use it!

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Thanks for reading!

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