In the end, I wanted to do interpersonal speaking and presentational writing.
For interpersonal speaking, I typed up a bunch of general questions about the novel in Spanish. These were printed, cut out, laminated and students used these to practice in class. My baby parrots Spanish students were not ready to create all their questions alone, so they got to draw these questions to provide support. After practicing a while some students could repeat questions without needing to draw one, but most appreciated that crutch. These could be used to practice in small groups, in inside/outside circles, or assessments where a couple comes up to the teacher’s desk for a summative assessment.
For a writing assessment, students were just asked to retell the novel in Spanish. We did a practice attempt in class the day before. On the day of the assessment, students just wrote in Spanish without using any notes or the book. I was quite impressed with how much they could retell!
My goal is to try and teach this book next semester with my 8th grade exploratory. They had one quarter of Spanish last year. The hope is this novel will be the main curriculum for their nine-week class. Of course, I will share how it goes.
I hope you and your family and friends enjoy a blessed and relaxing holiday weekend!