This activity helps students creatively practice family vocabulary, telling names, age, birthdays, possessive adjectives, and the verb ser.
Each student needs a copy of the assignment explanation. On this sheet is an example of writing expectations and space for the students to draft their own writing. I usually give plenty of in-class time to do the draft writing.
Students must then create a family tree. In my experience: I encourage students to be creative and not simply print out pictures in a simple family tree format. I have had students turn in the traditional picture family tree, use pictures of animals they think describe their family members, draw their own pictures, and create an actual tree with each family member as a leaf. I encourage creativity but accept simplicity as well.
Included is the rubric I used to grade the written portion and the oral portion. For the oral portion, I don’t expect students to give a long speech in Spanish (as the students who do this assignment are still early beginners); however, I do not allow students to simply read what they wrote. My personal expectations are just to get students using Spanish to briefly describe their family and show their finished product.