For the vocab pretest today, I put the kids in groups of five or six and had them sit in circle with their group. They each got a blank piece of paper, and the new vocabulary list. I told them that their paper represented their facebook wall, and that they were to write a status at the top of their paper, using at least one of the vocabulary words.
They were then to pass the papers around and back and forth within their group, commenting on one another’s status posts and comments, using other vocabulary words.
I had them staple all the papers from their group together into one packet, so that I could get a good overview of how they were using the words. I was surprised at how much some of them struggled, even with the vocabulary sheet, definitions, and sample sentences right there in front of them, so it was a great pre-assessment.
My favorite page (they were all “b” words, by the way):
B.F.: I’m going to be boisterous and bring cookies on Wednesday!
(Someone drew a thumbs up under this)
J.H.: I hope they aren’t chocolate; I will get blemishes.
(Another like icon)
Y.L.: Hopefully our teacher doesn’t berate us cuz we can’t have food in class.
A.Z.: Make sure you burnish your cooking pan afterwards.
M. R.: That would be a great boon to us.
B.F.: Yeah Buddy! I will make sure the cookies aren’t blemish causing.
J.H.: Yum. #yolo #beseech
Y.L.: @B.H. you are so bombastic.