Inside: What to do for a final assessment in Spanish class? Ideas for Spanish final assessments for exploratory Spanish, Spanish 1, Spanish 3, and Spanish 4.
It is that time of year again when everyone is trying to figure out how to assess their classes. Many schools are down to the home stretch, especially if you happen to be done before Memorial Day, like many small-town Iowa schools around here.
Here were my tentative plans for the classes I was teaching the trimester this was posted. I wrote a post earlier about my Curriculum. At the time this post was published I was teaching using trimesters, with a plan to move to semesters the following year. Due to that, there was an extra elective class to fill in at the time. At the end of that school year, I was teaching 8th-grade Exploratory Spanish, Spanish 1 Culture & Civilization, Spanish 3, and Spanish 4.
Since this was posted a few years ago, here you can see my most updated curriculum in this blog post.
Exploratory Spanish Final Assessments
- Exploratory Spanish Final Project – Create/Interpret Class Story
- This was my 4th group of junior high students as a part of 6 week exploratory Spanish. I tweaked their final project each time to meet the needs of the class. I started by having them write and do something with a story, but I knew that would not work well for my class which was very IEP heavy. They had the additional option of instead, just using a story from class and interpreting it. You can see my most up-to-date exploratory Spanish plans for a quarter-long class in this blog post.
- Since it was an exploratory class, during finals, they got to watch El Libro de Vida in Spanish with English subtitles. Their projects were due in advance and I used that time while they watched the movie to grade their projects.
Culture & Civilization – Spanish 1 Final Assessments
- Spanish 1 Final Project – Culture Project
- Spanish Culture & Civilization was an optional expansion/remediation for the third trimester after completing Spanish 1. It was a small choice elective with a mix of students who were trying again to pass Spanish 1, and those who wanted a Spanish elective. You can see the 12-week plan of the class in this Culture & Civilization post.
- They ended the year investigating a topic of their choice and then presenting it to their class in Spanish. Students researched topics of their choice such as tamales, Los Incas, or visiting Puerto Rico. You can get the culture project intro slides & project description here. The Spanish Culture Project would work well as a final project in Spanish 1 or 2, or as a multiple-day sub-plan during an extended leave.
Spanish 3 Final Assessments
- Interpersonal Speaking – Listen to each group ask each other questions and evaluate their book in Spanish. These any novel question cards help support all students if they get stuck with what to talk about. They also provide support to students with IEPs/504 plans.
- Presentational Writing – Individual writing assessment was done in class over the topics we have covered in this unit about their book.
- Interpretive – Create projects either individually or as a group to share with the rest of the class what their book was about & how it relates to the culture of the Spanish-speaking world. (I ended up getting rid of this portion of the assessment another year due to time).
Spanish 4 Final Assessments
- Spanish 4 Final Assessment – The Calaca Alegre gallery walk included presentational writing, interpersonal speaking, presentational speaking & interpretive reading of the book. This post gives more information about this project, which came from the awesome teacher’s guide. You can see an example project in How to Assess a Novel in Spanish class.
Final Assessments in Spanish Class – more ideas
At the time I originally wrote this blog post, you can see I used a lot more project-based assessments. Once we switched to Standard Based Grading, I moved more towards assessments by mode.
If you are teaching a novel, check out my many blog posts for specific novels, plus How to Assess a Novel in Spanish class. I would grade both the speaking and writing below using a proficiency-based rubric.
Plus, check out Differentiation in Spanish Class for more ideas.
Speaking Final Ideas for Spanish Class
- Use Find Someone Who Interpersonal Speaking to review. Use one of the ready-made reviews I have, or use the Find Someone Who template to create your own.
- Fishbowl Speaking in Spanish class
- Rotating Partner Conversations in Spanish
- Use Spanish Question Cards to support speaking assessments
- Presentational Speaking in Level 1
Spanish Writing Final Ideas
- Retell in Spanish – story, book, music video, etc.
- Alternate Ending in Spanish – Write a new way to end your story, book, music video, etc
- Review in Spanish – write a review of a class book
- Write a letter in Spanish – write to someone to tell them about what you learned in Spanish class
If you are not required to give a cumulative final, do an assessment over your last unit. Then use 10 Appropriate movies for Spanish class to find a film that relates to your class to show to wrap up the year. Or you could compare a film to a unit or book you used recently. Or Take your Spanish class outside & do something fun, like these games, or talk about your future plans for summer to end the year together.
More Resources for May
- Asian Pacific Heritage Month Asian-Latinx Resources
- End of School Year Spanish Class Activities
- Take Your Spanish Class Outside
What do your final assessments in Spanish class look like this year? Please share.
Final Assessments in Spanish Class originally posted by Allison Wienhold 5.11.16 & most recently updated 5.16.22