While attending UVA's Course Design Institute this past Summer, we discussed why it is important to vary creation assignment types. Not only is variation important to reach different learning styles, but variation can also reinforce and solidify material already learned. GERM 101 assignments tend to focus on written and verbal production, but it can be difficult to engage kinesthetic learners. Thus, in this assignment I required my 22 students to break into two groups and fill in empty frames with objects we had learned at the end of chapter 1 of Deutsch Heute.
After the drawing phase, students were required to verbally describe something from the other group's picture. While similar Bildbeschreibung exercises exist in our textbook, the fact that students had drawn our pictures engaged my students all the more.