A Toolbox for all Language Educators
A Toolbox for all Language Educators

Fictional Family Tree

In this activity students break into groups to diagram a famous, fictional family tree. Students then present the family to the class. This activity is ready to implement in any language and best for novice mid or whenever the family unit is covered.


Students choose which group they’d like to be in. This has the benefit of grouping students according to common interests. Limit group size to 4, though, to help ensure that each student has the chance to contribute. Discussion should take place in the target language. Each group will present the family to the class using a visual aid (drawing on the board, projecting a diagram, etc.)

Possible examples include Harry Potter, the Simpsons, the Sopranos and Game of Thrones. Take suggestions from the class as well. 

My personal favorite is working out the family tree for the old song “I’m my own grandpa.” https://videosift.com/video/I-m-my-own-grandpa-with-family-tree-diagram-Ray-Stevens

For examples of these and more visit https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/27833/11-fictional-family-trees

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