Smash Doodle – Examples from Vida y Muerte

Elizabeth Hoving, a Spanish teacher, sent me these smash doodle pages quite a few months ago that her students created while reading Vida y muerte en la Mara Salvatrucha.  Her students were required to create an entry for each chapter, and each entry had to include words, sentences and images. Each entry also had to clearly represent the…

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Current Event: Justin Bieber in Tulum

Whether or not your students are reading Brandon Brown versus Yucatán, I’m sure that you can find a use for this current event! Last week, Justin Bieber visited the ruins in Tulum with his entourage, and they climbed some monuments that are off-limits to tourists. Sound familiar? Brandon Brown, under the influence of his mischievous friend Justin, did…

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North Sea Pirate giveaway winners!

Congratulations to the four winners of the North Sea Pirate giveaway! For everyone that entered and did not win (or that missed the deadline to enter), you can still download and use “The Legend” (an excerpt from the book) and contact Robert Harrell directly to place an order. His email address is included in the download! English…

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Is it possible? A board game for post-reading

I’ve seen a lot of posts recently by teachers that are teaching novels for their classes and feeling like it is not going well. In many ways, teaching a novel as a unit is easy: most publishing companies have provided very complete Teacher’s Guides for their novels, and a teacher simply needs to use the resources…

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Sentence BINGO

Oh, if only there were more hours in the day! I have so many posts that I need to write about the sessions that I attended at #CSCTFL15 last week. It was an excellent conference, and I left with loads of great ideas! This particular #CSCTFL15 share is another one from Mira Canion‘s presentation on…

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Play “Go fish!” in language classes

Instead of playing with a deck of cards, play this familiar children’s game with original cards filled with images or text as an opportunity to to get students speaking in low-risk situation even as they continue interacting with a text (’cause it’s all about the input, baby!). Before you play Go Fish Prepare students for…

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