Around the World Quiz

We are finishing up the novel Felipe Alou by Carol Gaab in Spanish 2.  It has been a great novel study but I’m always looking for ways to change up how we read!

Yesterday, since Ch 10 is an easy solo read, I had students individually read the chapter and create a 6 question comprehension quiz (in Spanish) about it.

After the quizzes were all created, I turned on some music and we got moving!  I call it the “around the world” quiz.

Each time the music played, students would move to the next seat and answer the next question on the quiz.  When the music stopped, they stood and rotated to the next spot in order to answer the next question!

It was fun to see them answering each other’s questions and at the end, they got to see how well their classmates did on the quiz they created!

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","Bananas", "Sostenible", and "Papálotl" 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

4 thoughts

  1. Did you have them write their names on the questions they were answering so that you could see how everyone was doing individually? Or did you collect them all as a class-wide pulse-check, or did you just observe as they were doing it?

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