It’s time to try something new! That’s what a new semester encourages me to do. I love starting class with a hook (video, meme, song, article, etc. in TL of course!) that gets them curious about the culture. On the final, there was a “trivia” section based on the “hooks” with open-ended questions in Spanish. This part had the highest scores, which indicates that the students remember a lot from these activities. I do the Can of Questions; however, I feel like it is time to mix this up. I was the one writing the trivia questions, aka doing all the work/learning. The level 1 students are showing signs of intermediate skills, but they are hesitant to ask questions in class. So… now they will write the questions!
When I asked them to write a trivia question in the past, many of the questions were “What is…?” and there were many repeats. So I made slides that have different question words and one blank. I used cultural pictures in the backgrounds (Day of Dead skeletons, the little balls from Spain’s lottery, Dalí’s “Persistence of Memory,” some Guatemalan dolls, a Mexican bakery) to add one more connection. I made enough copies for each student to receive one card and cut them out. Before break, I tried this once and I will now start to do this daily. After the hook, I pass out a card for them to write a trivia question based on that day’s hook using the question word they have. Then we collect them in a can so that we can use them immediately, the next day or for those extra minutes at the end of class.
Eventually I may laminate the cards (see above), pass those out, and ask them to write their question on a blank just to cut down on the organizing part. I will also partner/group them up (4 students to write one question). Many possibilities to keep it fresh!
I’m going to let them create a Trivia Team (with a team name, color and all) and we are going to track their points for one week or so (see example above). I like the traditional trivia format of each team having a time limit to answer the question. I will probably use dry erase boards (1 per team) and my trusty cube timer. I’ll have a little prize for the winning team at the end. One day, I dream of this trivia event becoming a school-wide (or district!) competition. Perhaps soon!
Any suggestions?? Have you done anything like this before?