How to Generate and Use Memes

Here’s how to make some incredible student-driven memes for your class! If you do not have a subscription to, I feel sad for you. However, you could totally do this with any MovieTalk or PictureTalk you are using. 

This activity was taken straight from Annabelle Allen’s presentation at CCFLT, only I used pictures of Es Una Ganga, and added the meme part.

PART 1: How to Collect Student-Generated Jokes 

  1. Go to Extras and download Slideshow of Stills. Print out your favorite 8-12 stills from the powerpoint from Screen Shot 2018-02-14 at 11.24.30 AM
  2. Tape them around your room or in the hallway. Tape some blank paper below it.
  3. MODEL HOW you want them to complete this activity. (silent or not? can they move on their own or do they have to wait to switch? are they writing in Spanish or English? are they writing BIG or little?)
  4. As you pass out markers, be aware of the 1-2 students who may write something inappropriate and give them a specific color marker. Also, give a specific color to someone who needs a little recognition that day. Praise those answers at the end, without revealing their identity. (This ideas are ALL from Annabelle Allen!)
  5. Round 1: Students write as many sentences as they can in Spanish, for as many photos as they can.
  6. Round 2: They have 2 minutes to choose 1-2 pictures and write a meme. ***English allowed.*** IMG_8641
  7. Have one student in each class take a picture of the memes with your device, so you know which jokes/descriptions belong with which pictures.
  8. Have one student take down the writing, leaving up the pictures for next class.

I am so happy I permitted English for 3 reasons:

  1. It gave students a chance to be creative and be funny.
  2. It gave them some background knowledge and buy-in for the next day’s activity.
  3. They didn’t waste time looking up incomprehensible words on Google.

Part 2: How to make the meme

  1. I chose my top favorites from each class.
  2. I translated them into comprehensible language. THIS PART IS IMPORTANT. I do not want my students reading wrong/Google translated/incomprehensible Spanish. I translate and edit all memes before sharing them with students.

Then, I saved the picture from the ppt to my desktop.

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I Googled “Meme Creator” and got the site

Click “Upload your own image”
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Grab it from your desktop.

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Add the top and bottom text.

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Drag them to your desktop. Drag them to a new powerpoint.

Part 3: Ok, that was pretty fun. But what do I do with them?

  1. Students find a partner. (Three ways to partner up: show me how many brothers/sisters you have, find someone who has the same number. Show me how many brothers/sister you have, find someone with a different number. Find someone who is wearing the same color shirt/shoes/socks as you.)
  2. Grab one whiteboard between the two of you.
  3. Work for 20 seconds to translate the meme on their board. (I walk around and praise and help and personalize.)
  4. They hold up the whiteboard on the count of 3. I look at all of whiteboards quickly.
  5. I do a tiny pop-up grammar if necessary (what does the TE do in TE habla?). Or I show one of the best ones to the classes. Or I ask a student, who I had previously checked in with, to explain WHY they wrote the ‘to you’?

OR: Save them for Meme Martes and share one each day. Use it as a launching point for PQA.

Here are mine!ganga memes Share yours with me if you do this!



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