Write, Draw, Pass

Write draw pass downloadable game form from The Comprehensible Classroom for language classes

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This is one of my favorite party games, which Ashley VanHemert so brilliantly reminded me to use in the classroom! She heard of the idea from Amy Wright at UAF. This is an excellent activity for Preferred Activity Time.

STEP ONE: Give each student one side of this form (I put two forms/page to save paper).

STEP TWO: You have several options. In Box #1, in the target language, …

  1. Have students write a creative, descriptive sentence (ex: a fat dog with big eyes runs to the store).
  2. Have students write a descriptive word image (ex: a pretty girl with long hair)
  3. Write (1) or (2) for students so that they don’t have to think of them. Here are some that I recently used in one of my classes:

**Make sure students only include colors if you are planning to use crayons or colored pencils.

  • Harry cocina arroz con pollo. (Harry cooks rice with chicken.)
  • Juan escribe, «Te amo, Sra. Williams» en un libro. (Juan writes, “I love you, Mrs. Williams” in a book.)
  • Mis abuelos caminan al restaurante “Moose’s Tooth” (My grandparents walk to the restaurant “Moose’s Tooth”.)
  • Yo miro la televisión a las tres de la mañana. (I watch TV at 3:00am.)
  • Toda la clase lee el libro, ‘Don Quixote’ (The whole class reads the book, “Don Quijote”)
  • Ryan quiere el autógrafo de Eli Manning. (Ryan wants Eli Manning’s autograph.)
  • Daonapa duerme con sus cinco gatos. (Daonapa sleeps with her five cats.)
  • Alejandra habla mucho en la clase de español. (Alejandra talks a lot in Spanish class.)
  • See causa muchos problemas en la clase de histoira. (See causes a lot of problems in history class.)
  • Mi papá habla por teléfono. (My dad talks on the phone.)
  • Mis amigos van al cine para mirar “Never Say Never” (My friends go to the movies to watch “Never Say Never”)
  • Beyoncé canta enfrente de muchas personas. (Beyoncé sings in front of many people.)
  • Señor Brown grita a los estudiantes. (Mr. Brown yells at the students.)
  • Señora Bex come una pizza grande. (Mrs. Bex eats a big pizza.)
  • El estudiante se sienta encima de un gato. (The student sits on top of a cat.)
  • El niño tira un libro por la ventana. (The child throws a book through the window.)
  • Mis padres celebran su aniversario. (My parents celebrate their anniversary.)
  • ¡Hay un lobo en la clase de ciencias! (There is a wolf in science class!)
  • Señora Bex mira “American Idol” (Mrs. Bex watches American Idol.)
  • Los muchachos bailan a la fiesta (The kids dance at the party.)
  • Yo estudio el chino en la clase de español. (I study chinese in Spanish class.)
  • El gato roba un sándwich de crema de maní. (The cat steals a PB sandwich.)
  • Me duele el estómago. (My stomach hurts.)
  • Jessica come un perro. (Jessica eats a dog.)
  • Carlos habla francés en la clase de matemáticas. (Carlos speaks French in math class.)
  • Veo una ambulancia desde la ventana. (I see an ambulance from the window.)
  • Señora Williams bebe café. (Mrs. Williams drinks coffee.)
  • Nosotros vamos a un zoológico loco. (We go to a crazy zoo.)
  • Un elefante baila el tango. (An elephant dances the tango.)
  • Mi mamá canta las canciones de Justin Bieber. (My mom sings JB songs.)

STEP THREE: Each student passes the paper to his/her right.

STEP FOUR: The next student draws the image or sentence from Box #1 in Box #2, as accurately as possible.

STEP FIVE: Student #2 folds Box #1 backward so that only boxes 2-7 are visible.

STEP SIX: Student #2 passes the paper to his/her right.

STEP SEVEN: Student #3 looks at the picture in Box #2 and WITHOUT FLIPPING OVER THE PAPER TO LOOK AT BOX #1, writes in Box #3 what s/he thinks the original sentence was (in the target language), based on the picture in Box #2.

STEP EIGHT: Student #3 folds under Box #2 and passes the paper to his/her right.

Repeat until all boxes are filled. Each student should only see one completed box at a time.

At the end, pass the papers back to the original student and see how far it strayed from the original sentence!

I like to collect all of the papers and pull them up on the document camera to share the hilarity with the entire class 🙂

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