Conducting the Activity
(with students who know how to create puzzles)
Take what follows as a suggestion. Feel free to modify it in any way you think appropriate given the group with which you work. I leave the time allotment to you. You know best how long it will take your group to complete a given task, and whether it is best done in class where you can observe and help, or as an out of class assignment.
Divide the class into pairs for the activity.
Working in pairs gives students the opportunity to explore and test ideas, to stimulate and encourage each other, and to check each others' work.
Depending on the group, you may want to make the divisions yourself, or allow the students to pair off on their own.
Make a textbook reading assignment to be completed by the entire class.
After completing the reading, have each pair pick a puzzle topic. (You may choose to assign topics if you find that works better with your group.)
The same reading can easily lend itself to different topics. However, if you want everybody to work with the same topic, that is ok too. It is also possible to have two or more pairs working independently on the same topic.
Specify the minimum number of words that you will accept for the puzzle.
Set the class to work creating puzzles. You can give the pairs class time to do the work, make it a homework assignment, or both. One big advantage in allowing class time for this assignment is that it gives you the opportunity to watch students work, answer questions, give advice, etc.
Collect the finished puzzles (including a key for each). Review/grade them for spelling and accuracy.
Instead of the traditional reading quiz, try one of the following.
Select the best puzzle to use as the quiz.
Select the best words and clues from the submissions; combine them into a puzzle to use as the quiz.
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