We are almost at the end of Brandon Brown El Nuevo Houdini! We will read chapter 10 tomorrow and I will assess on Thursday! In the meantime I needed a quick formative assessment to see what structures are sticking with the students and what I need to circle tomorrow as we finish the book!
On Pinterest I found the idea of musical chair writing. Each student gets a piece of paper and begins writing the story when they hear the music, when the music stops, they move to the next paper!
So we began. I asked them to retell the novel from chapter 1 in as much detail as possible and started the music. After about 90 seconds I stopped the song (Cuando Me Enamoro- Enrique Iglesias and Juan Luis Guerra) and they moved on. It becomes trickier as the game goes on because they have to read what others have written before them and continue from where they left off. I gave a little more time to account for the reading and moved them after 2 minutes.
We were able to fit about 7 changes in 15 minutes and the stories were great! I saw a lot of good vocabulary and structures and I know where we are going tomorrow!
For the kids, it didn’t feel like a boring written assessment because they got to move around the classroom! I give it two 👍👍!