Blind drawing, a fun activity to assess students’ listening comprehension

In 2013, I wrote a post about drawing to keep students engaged in listening. While I am further along in my journey with how I provide comprehensible input to my students, my students and I still enjoy a good “blind drawing” session once in a while and I have the perfect one to share with you!

Quick overview of process:

  1. Teacher describes an image — teacher walks around
  2. Students listen and draw the image (interpretive listening)
  3. Teacher projects the description
  4. Students read and update their image if needed (interpretive reading) — teacher walks around
  5. Teacher reveals the image
  6. Students go oooh and aaaah and I was right! (quick brain break)
  7. Repeat with the next image

Here is a blind drawing activity for Halloween. The first few images could be “warm-ups” with very short descriptions, the last three images are full scenes. Feel free to choose the scenes you like best and adapt to your students!

6 comments

  1. J’ai fait cette activité aujourd’hui avec mes élèves de dixième année et c’était un grand succès! Quelques uns se sont plaints que c’était trop difficile mais quand ils ont pu regarder le texte la plupart d’entre eux était capable de dessiner quelque chose. Merci beaucoup!

  2. Merci, Cécile! Mes élèves de 7th-8th grade ont vraiment aimé cette activité! C’est une très bonne idée.

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