After Reading a Novel…

“Because I’m Batman.”–How It Should Have Ended, on YouTube.

Both my Spanish 1 and Spanish 2 classes read a novel in class before Winter Break. My Spanish 1 class read Brandon Brown Quiere Un Perro and Spanish 2 read Los Bakers Van a Peru. In addition to our usual listening and reading comprehension quizzes, we wrapped up with a writing assignment.

In the spirit of the fun YouTube channel that challenges movie plot holes by asking (and answering) How It Should Have Ended, I asked students to write an alternate ending for their respective novels. It looked like this:

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Yes, we did this all in the computer lab using Google Slides! This is a good way for students to begin learning those keyboard shortcuts. I assigned it through Google Classroom, so every student received a copy of the instructions and this model:

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I feel it is important for students to work on their writing skills as an integral part of language acquisition. I encourage students, over and over, to “Use Spanish you know!” By writing it out, they build confidence in their skills and put to use all that they have learned so far this year. Here is one of my favorite submissions, left absolutely uncorrected.

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After all, my students and I are on this journey together, and we are all about progress rather than perfection.

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