Are you looking for a fun and meaningful way to wrap up your first year of Spanish 1? This is a Final Video Project which I use in place of a final written exam. There is preparation involved, but in my opinion, after perhaps 15 years of assigning this project, it is well worth it. Years later, formal students (and some of their parents) remember the work and satisfaction from completing this project.
In the course of my Spanish 1 year my students have had two major assessments based on skits that they have designed and acted out. If you check some of my other materials you will find that in those assessments students prepare without writing down a script. It works very well and I try to continue that mentality into the Video Project. Please note the information provided below on methodology.
In the project students are given the time in class to plan and prepare a storyline which includes specific grammatical structures learned over the course of the year and in particular the second semester. They are instructed that their story should actually have a storyline and that it should not just be random things like “hanging out” or “playing basketball”. Yes, these things should be included, but there should be a beginning, a purpose and an actually ending to the story. Since these are first year students it is never expected that they include structures and vocabulary which haven’t been covered yet. Their classmates should be able to watch, follow and understand their story.
The actual filming of the project will be completed outside of school and on the students’ own time. Therefore I try to allow for about three weekends of time before the due date so that they can arrange times to get together and film. There are many variables involved and students have very busy lives so they are encouraged to work together and really communicate with one another. I encourage students to have a friend or family member do the filming so they do not have to worry about that and they can focus on their parts. Students submit their projects before the last week of school and then, instead of taking a written final, students may relax the last few days of class and enjoy watching all the video projects. I normally have four classes of Spanish 1 so there are a number of videos to watch. Schedules change at semester break and my classes look different. I allow students to work with other students who may not be in their class period. I also encourage students to enlist the help of Spanish 2, 3 and 4 students to play bit roles in their project.
This zip file contains:
Final Video Project Explanation and Requirements
Explanation of Requirements
Title and Character Sheet (hand-out for students to complete and turn in).
Program brochure (includes title, characters and actors, plus scale of 1-10 for students to rate each project---this seems to keep them focused up to the end.)
Final Video Project Check-Off List and Rubric