We had the lab today. I am happy…
We had read chapter 8 of New Houdini in Russian Intermediate yesterday. I took to heart the kids’ complaint that I had been dragging them through the book. They said that the repetition was making them learn, but that they enjoyed the reading only the first time.
So I had an assignment that I can use only once a quarter, I think…
I told them that they need to practice typing to be getting ready for the AP Russian test (it’s true, but obviously not all will take it).
They had to find and type (in Cyrillic) the ten sentences that told the whole story of the chapter. They called me over if they finished. I corrected any typos with them (they type a в instead of a б; that sort of thing, except for the kids who don’t know that Russian has capital letters to begin sentences…huh??).
Then and only then I would tell them that they could make a PowerPoint slide to illustrate each sentence.
This was much better than telling them that the final project was a PP, because then they all do the bells and whistles first and the writing second. It required them to re-read and find sentences that gave a complete picture, and it required them to write correctly. It might not be the coolest thing, and it looks like a lot of our projects, but it kept them rereading the whole period. I have to look back at our list of ways to get kids to re-read.
Here’s a link to the project that is my favorite of the bunch. If you know New Houdini, chapter 8 (in which Brandon and Jamie get locked out of the car after they’re surprised by the grandmother’s being there), you’ll be able to understand the pictures, even if you don’t know Russian.