Today I am giving a vocabulary test to all of my classes. I give the same core 25 words to all of my classes each quarter, but the German Is just define the terms, German IIs use it in a sentence, German III/IVs have to do all of the above plus past tense.
During first period while I was waiting for those couple of students to finish who always take forever, I told everybody that I would give them one point of extra credit if they would draw a picture of one of the vocab words on the back. It gave the quick students something to do, it allowed the slow students more time to finish and gave me something to ooh and ahh about while I was waiting too.
That worked great until I hit my German III/IV class, and their doodles were phenomenal. Part of it was a function of them having a longer wait time due to a longer test, but almost everybody spontaneously inserted dialogue into their doodles and created a series of drawings (sometimes related, sometimes not) that incorporated up to seven of the target words in long drawn out montages. It’s like I got a bunch of graphic novels handed in as a bonus to the test.
After my German I class where they just illustrated words, I was thinking about scanning some of those pictures and hanging them on the wall. Now I think I’m going to elicit a few more montages that cover all the words on our list and get them in their hands somehow: make a collection for silent reading, hang them on the wall, post them online to study from, etc.
Whoops, gotta go. My German IIs are just finishing up and I need to go check out a new batch of doodles.