La Fiesta de Coctel, Part 2

I wrote earlier that I was going to experiment with the “cocktail party” concept another time. My students have been asking for the repeat of the activity and this is the week that it will happen. Unlike the first time, when I assigned each of them a famous musician, this time I will be taping, unseen by the student, the name of an historical figure on each of their backs.  I’ll be choosing from some of these names:

  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Albert Einstein
  • Frank/Orville Wright
  • Jonas Salk
  • Paul Revere
  • William Shakespeare
  • Charles Dickens
  • Alexander Graham Bell
  • Julius Caesar
  • Charles Darwin
  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Mohandas Gandhi
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Bill Cosby
  • Bill Gates
  • Mark Zuckerberg
  • Nelson Mandela
  • Ernest Hemingway
  • Mark Twain
  • Marco Polo
  • Vincent Van Gogh
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Stephen Colbert
  • Jackie Robinson
  • Babe Ruth
  • Maya Angelou
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Harriet Tubman
  • Hillary Clinton
  • J.K. Rowling
  • Kate Middleton
  • Princess Diana
  • Elizabeth II
  • Mary Lincoln
  • Amelia Earhart
  • Susan B. Anthony
  • Mother Teresa
  • Pocahontas

Inspired by a post by Amy Alenord about Conversation Circles, I created this document, pictured below, ( Nuestra Fiesta de Coctel Historical Figures) to aid and direct the students with their questioning and self assessment. Before beginning “the party”, I will have each student write the questions that they believe will be helpful or necessary to discover what name is taped on their backs.  I plan on allowing about 30 minutes for the actual “party”/conversation, and will then give them a few minutes to consider their self assessment.  I will be circulating throughout the activity with the hor d’oeuvres (crackers, cheese, etc.) and “wine” (sparkling grape juice).  I should have the opportunity to listen to each of them.cocktail partyI’d love to hear from others who have done similar activities or who have suggestions.  Thanks.

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