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Visual Prompts

In previous years, I had students complete gallery walks around the classroom and write sentences based on prompts that included verbs or nouns from the unit and images. To create more flexible, open-ended opportunities for students, I began just posting the images around the room and asking students to compose sentences in a particular verb tense but with no other instruction beyond having to be connected to the image. This allowed me to assess students’ knowledge of grammar but also to see what vocabulary they had mastered or needed to review.
By responding based solely on the image, students could communicate original ideas, creating a more authentic expression in the target language. By looking at student work, I also learned that students were more likely to add additional details beyond just a subject and verb if they were looking at visuals only.


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