I first read about Smash Doodles on Martina Bex’s website. More or less, a Smash Doodle is a scrapbook that meshes images and text. I sort of forgot about the idea until Martina posted some examples that another teacher, Elizabeth Hoving, for Vida y Muerte last month. Martina shared that Elizabeth had her students create a Smash Doodle for each chapter and her students had to turn it into a book. The idea stuck with me and when I began Vida y Muerte last week I knew that I wanted my students to also complete a Smash Book; however, I really wanted more logistics on the project. I’m sharing what I whipped up in hopes that it will help someone in the future.
For my Smash Doodle assignment, students have to create a Smash Doodle page for each chapter. Students need to include the title, five vocabulary words, three sentences pulled from the book that best summarize it, and two reactions using recycled phrases from our La sostenibilidad unit. Students use the white cardstock from my room and store their completed chapters in a manila folder in my room when not in use. We will then put them all together and I will encourage my students to consider keeping this as something they might show off for their senior exit portfolios when they graduate.
Here is the handout my students received. Students received a digital copy only in an attempt to save some trees, and at the time the digital handout only had the very first page that you will see and a much, much, simpler rubric. After collecting Chapters 1 + 2 (we read them together), I’ve seen mixed results and revamped the document. Students needed some examples to refer to and others needed a simpler version of the project description. I’ve since made a simpler handout (now page 2 of the handout) to print in my room for students to refer to (make sure to note the student friendly memes I created to help students with their reflection statements), a better rubric (now page 3 of the handout) which will also be posted next to the simpler handout, and I added some examples of Chapters 1 + 2 that I had received (pages 4-6 of the handout). I’ve made colored copies of the best one from each chapter and will be hanging them up in the room in order as we continue reading. I’d like to turn it into a contest, but haven’t decided on what the prize might be. Suggestions on what students should win are welcomed! 🙂
I’d also love to see rubrics from other teachers who have assigned something similar!