- In the target language, create a number of sentences that describe different characters in the story. I have found that 8-10 sentences is a good number.
- Each sentence should start out with "this character" (in Latin, haec persona) - I used actual sentences from the story since those sentences were with what students were most familiar.
- Write the character choices on the board.
- On a sheet of paper, have students number 1-8 (or however many sentences you have created.
- Explain to students that for each of the sentences which you will read aloud, their job is to determine which character this sentence describes and to write down that character.
- Read each sentence 2-3 times very slowly, as students write down the character about whom the sentence describes.
- At the end, read each sentence again so that students can check their responses.
a) forfex b) puella chartacea c) saxum
Question #1 - haec persona credit puellam chartaceam esse pulchram.
Question #2 - haec persona occidit multas arbores.
Question #3 - haec persona vult fugere cum puella chartacea.
Question #4 - haec persona occidit puellam chartaceam.
Question #5 - haec persona magnos sonos facit.
Question #6 - haec persona non vult fugere cum saxo.
Question #7 - haec persona occidit forficem.
Question #8 - haec persona fugit cum saxo.
- This was indeed a very quick assessment - it took less than 10 minutes.
- This is a great activity to assess listening comprehension in a very low-key way.
- I was surprised at how well my students did on this. You need to understand that when I was learning Latin in high school and in my college and graduate courses in Latin, I NEVER heard it spoken. Because I am implementing Comprehensible Input in my Latin classes with lots of repetitions in active Latin, for my students to hear Latin does not seem that big of a deal for them.
- Afterwards I asked students what they thought of it. A common response - "It was really easy, since we have gone over the story so many times..."