A Great Presentational and Interpretive Mode Review Game!

Spanish 2 just finished reading the novel “Noche misteriosas en Granada.”  It is super engaging and is a great way to introduce Spain’s Moorish history via a novel!  

The suggested final review in the teacher’s guide was so much fun and I think it would work well with ANY novel, film, or story!

First student groups of four drew pictures of different events from the novel on a piece of butcher paper!  

Each group wrote two sentences (on separate index cards) about each picture.  When the sentences were written, they scrambled them and set the 8 cards in the center of the paper.


Then groups moved clockwise from table to table trying to match the sentences to the correct picture!  They had a great time and a great review of the story before our final writing presentation!

Give it a try!  The novel too!  We loved it!


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 gmail.com.

4 thoughts

    1. I had students write for different pictures so they wouldn’t recognize the writing! Each kid wrote cards for 2 different people’s pictures

    1. In level 2, I usually have my final assessment be a comparison between a book and a film or a summary of the book! My focus is on getting them to add lots of detail to their writing! With this reader, we did a summary!

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