Moving on from ‘fue‘, today we started working on ‘dijo’ (said). To begin, I had each of the students write an imaginary rumor in Spanish on a small piece of paper, and write their own name on the paper as well. I made sure that all students understand that the rumors were to be silly and completely baseless, and nothing that anyone else would be offended by. The rumors were TOP SECRET and could not be shared with any classmates. I ended up with a lot of “So-and-so likes so-and-so”, but also some more creative things, like “The entrance to Narnia is in Spanish class”, “X went to the zoo and kissed a monkey”, “X is a robot”, “Mrs. Bex likes speaking French”, “X is the President of Cuba”, etc.
I collected all of the rumors, reading each one to myself as I received it and acting very shocked at what I read, and then began sharing the creative rumors and the ones that I knew would not offend. I read the rumor, and then asked students, «¿Quién lo dijo?» (Who said it?). I took their guesses and we eventually figured out the source, then decided whether or not the rumor was true and why s/he might have said it if it wasn’t. Super fun and very easy to prep! This could be done anytime as a game, even if you are not targeting the structure ‘dijo’.