- Take 6 sentences from a story which you have been going over in class. These sentences need to be "drawable."
- If needed, write any target vocabulary on the board with their English meaning.
- On a sheet of paper, tell students to draw a 2x3 grid which should fill the entire paper.
- Have students number each box from 1-6.
- Tell students “I will say a sentence, and your job is to draw a visual representation of that sentence. You will have 2-3 minutes to draw.”
- Begin reading the first sentence slowly. It will be necessary to repeat the sentence many times.
- Continue with the other sentences. Remind students that words are on the board if they need them.
- At the end, repeat the sentences and tell students to check their drawings to ensure that they have drawn everything needed.
- The sentences need to be very comprehensible, because students are drawing what they hear. If the sentences are too long or are incomprehensible, students will become frustrated.
- Students were much more engaged with this type of dictation instead of a regular one, since it involved them having to draw a visual representation of what they heard, as opposed to just writing down words.
- Because students had to draw what they heard, it was necessary for me to repeat the sentences many times, which meant LOTS of great repetitions.
- Students did not complain about doing this type of dictation, because it did not "feel" like a regular dictation.
- Because students were already familiar with the story and vocabulary, it was not a difficult activity for them to do.
- This is another great post-reading activity for going over a story and to get in more repetitions.
Example (taken from a Movie Talk called MonsterBox)
- Ecce puella et duo monstra: parvum monstrum et mediocre monstrum! (Behold a girl and two monsters: a small monster and a medium monster)
- Faber facit casam parvo monstro (The craftsman makes a house for the small monster)
- Puella est laeta, quod monstro placet casa (The girl is happy, because the monster likes the house)
- Ecce puella et tria monstra: parvum monstrum, mediocre monstrum, et magnum monstrum. (Behold the girl and three monster: a small monster, a medium monster, and a big monster).
- Faber facit casam mediocri monstro (The craftsman makes a house for the medium monster).
- Faber non facit casam magno monstro, quod magnum monstrum est molestum (The craftsman does not make a house for the big monster, because the big monster is annoying).