This week the 8th graders are illustrating their knowledge of the plot of the novel, Now is the Time for Running, by creating a board game that is similar to the board game Candyland. The novel is a story of two boy’s journey from Zimbabwe to South Africa, and all the dangerous places and people they face. I thought a simple path board game that shows the specific cities and places they stay would help them follow the plot. There are many African names of characters and cities, so I thought this would help clarify th plot for them. They chose 3 people for their groups and are working with little interference from me. They have a rubric to follow, but the rest is on their own to figure out. It is hard for me to sit back and not help them, but I want to assess: how well they know the novel, what they perceive as the biggest dangers, how will they decide what different paths the players can choose, what are the consequences for choices.