Here is a quiz I used to teach Hamlet. I asked the students to read the first act of the play as preparation for class, then answer the quiz below. During the lesson, we went over the answers, using the questions to talk about nuances in the text.
Then I told the students to read the rest of the play. I divided them up into groups, and assigned an act to each group that they then looked at and made a quiz for. They then sent me the links to their quizzes, and I sent them to the whole class.
During the following lessons, the students took the quizzes as a warm-up to talking about that act of the play. At the end, I took a little time out to evaluate the quizzes, and talk about what makes a good quiz. I also sent some feedback to each group.
All in all, it was a fun way to engage the students. Knowing that all their comrades would see the quizzes gave them more incentive to make good quizzes, and they did some good work.
Also, some students really enjoyed finding images for the quizzes, even if they didn’t feel comfortable contributing to the making of the actual quizzes.
It would be quite easy to do this with other texts as well. Make a quiz for the first chapter or two of a book, or the first act of another play, then assign the rest of the text to the students.
- Textual Understanding
- Textual Analysis