Are you looking for a fun story or reading review game?

Trying to get your students more engaged in the language?

Then Back At’Cha is the game for you!

I can’t lay claim to inventing this game. I learned it from La Maestra Loca who in turn learned it from Cynthia Hitz.

But it doesn’t matter where it came from, it’s an awesome, fast-paced game that your kids will love.

The Point of the Game

The point of the game is to be the team with the most points at the end of the game.

Teams earn points for adding sentences to the review and putting them in the correct order.

How to Play

Divid your class into two teams. If you have a larger class, feel free to make more teams to create smaller groups so that more students are engaged in the game.

Each team takes turns giving events from the story or reading and the teacher writes them in a Google or similar doc so that everyone can see.

Each time a team gives an event from the story or reading, they earn a point.

Starting with the second event, you’ll ask in the target language if it happened before or after the event(s) that are already on the board so you can place it correctly in the summary.

Award extra points to the team that places it correctly in the timeline.

The Winner

The winner is the team with the most points at the end of the game. You can reward them with a skip homework or quick write pass (quick write passes are VERY popular with my students) or candy if you prefer.

This is an awesome review of just about any sequential content: stories, readings, novels, movietalks, etc.

And now you have a solid, detailed summary of the story or reading that you can add to your classroom library or make copies for each student to add to their notebooks.

Just another way you can gamify reviewing of content!

If you’ve played this before or have plans to play it soon, let us know in the comments!