Final assessment for El Nuevo Houdini

In Spanish 1 we are just finishing the novel El nuevo Houdini. As a speaking assessment, I will have students call my google voice account and tell me about their favorite part of the novel. What part did they like best and why?? As a written assessment, I am asking them to analyze one of the novel’s characters.

Creating language and writing original sentences are intermediate low level skills! What I am asking them to do is high level for a novice. When they start to create with language, they will make more errors because they will be stepping away from their acquired chunks and into the world of real language! If I penalize them for grammar mistakes, I will discourage them from taking risks. In this assessment, I will be looking for textual evidence that shows that they understand the events and vocabulary structures in the novel. This is also the first time that I have asked them to create a question with no guidelines (ask what someone’s name is, etc). I am interested to see what they come up with!

We have been working on transition words like because, then, while, so, but, etc. this year so that we can write at the sentence/paragraph level. I will also be on the lookout for these words as they will probably be present in my fastest processors’ writing!
Final Assessment Character Analysis


  1. I just saw you at the TPRS conference in St. Paul and am so thankful for sharing all your knowledge and resources. I just made a MYP unit planner and used this assessment for my summative. Thanks again!

  2. Hi Carrie! Do you allow students to use the novel to refer to when doing either the oral or written pieces of the assessment?

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