After reviewing French or Spanish adjectives with my students, I like to add a fun activity to get them reading, writing, and speaking, while learning about famous Francophones and famous Hispanics. We play a game called 20 Questions.
For homework or in class, students write 20 clues about a famous person. More advanced students can write about a famous Hispanic/Francophone.
1. Check their questions for grammatical accuracy and then you’re ready to play the game.
- Students take turns reading their 20 clues, 1 clue at a time, while the other students try to guess who the famous person is. They write #’s 1-20 on a sheet of paper and then write down their guesses next to each clue number, but without telling anyone else whom they are guessing. At the end of the 20 clues, students raise their hands to guess the famous person. The student who wrote the name of the famous person by the lowest number gets to read their clues next.
If you’re looking for something even easier (perhaps you have some compositions to grade, exams to prepare, or just need a break from your students for a day), I created 2 ready-to-go Famous Hispanics and Famous Francophones PowerPoints with 20 clues (written in the target language) for 25-30 people. It also includes the template to add your own clues for future years.
How It Works
- In the PowerPoint, you click to add each clue to the page so you can spend as much time with each clue as you want. The PowerPoint starts with famous people, mostly Americans, so the students get the hang of the game. Then it adds famous Francophones or famous Hispanics. Afterward, students create their own clues. Advanced students can research their own famous people as part of a resume writing project with an audiovisual component.
I love, love, love this project! It encompasses all aspects of language acquisition and the students have fun doing it. This lesson is also perfect if you know you’ll have a substitute for several days. Just print the instructions for when you’re sick or on vacation.