Project Ideas: My recent assessments

I’m all for share and share alike! Please post your ideas for assessments and I will share mine! Below you will find the project guidelines and grading rubric for my Infographic project. Students prepared the infographics, presented them gallery style, and then I displayed them in the hallway for a week or so!

I also included my Public Service announcement project guidelines and grading rubric. They did this project as the summative assessment of a unit on Water. They actually followed it up with a fundraiser with which they bought the water filtration system for the school we adopted! Our next big project is the school’s LIBRARY!!! #rightupmyalley This is the link to the PSA that was voted the class winner! It has quite a tear-jerking ending! They made mistakes but the language is all their own and they worked really hard to make a great video!

Empieza con uno PSA project


Grading Rubric Infographic


Author: senoracmt

I began teaching Spanish in Illinois in 1994. I have taught levels 1-4 in a small rural high school, 8th grade introductory Spanish, Biology 1, and 101 and 102 at the community college level. My Spanish classes are partnered with the community college to offer students 8 semester hours of dual credit on completion of Spanish 4. In 2011 I met Carol Gaab and Kristy Placido and have since co-authored the book "La hija del sastre" with Carol Gaab and authored the novels "La Calaca Alegre", "Bianca Nieves y los 7 toritos." "Vector," "48 horas" and "Bananas" through Fluency Matters. In 2006 I became National Board certified and I have been serving as a mentor both for candidates seeking certification in world languages other than English and a virtual mentor for candidates in all certificate areas. I completed my Masters degree in Spanish education in 2011 and did my research on the use of Understanding by Design to create meaningful cultural units for the language classroom. I am a frequent presenter on this topic, please consider me if you are interested in a workshop on backward design. In 2013 I was named the ICTFL Foreign Language teacher of the year and in 2014 I was selected as CSCTFL's teacher of the year. In November of 2014 I was lucky enough to be one of the five finalists for the ACTFL National Teacher of the Year in San Antonio, TX. What a "Cinderella" experience! You can reach me via email at senoracmt at

3 thoughts

  1. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas! I LOVE the infographic idea that you posted, and I just did it in my class in our last unit. We’ve been practicing subjunctive/indicative, so students chose a topic that they feel passionately about and did some research. We had all kinds of topics–legalizing marijuana, Apple vs. PC, fútbol vs. football…it was great, and the kids were totally into it!

    Thanks also for sharing your rubric…I like that you included “it was understandable to other students.” I’ve been looking for a good way to phrase that, and that hits the nail on the head.

    I appreciate your willingness to share!

  2. I love the infographic assessment idea! Did you and Kristy work together on it? I seem to remember a recent post on her blog too…you two need to get into politics or something. You’re just unstoppable!

    1. We didn’t work together on this one but we work together on LOTS of units! She has so much technology, she can probably make REAL infographics!

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