CCSS Aligned L2 Reading Comprehension Questions

About two months ago, I wrote a post explaining how second language teachers can use the Common Core Anchor Standards for Reading to give depth to their reading assessments and challenge students to think critically in the target language. Read it here. Understandably, some readers were left wondering what an assessment composed of CCSS Aligned questions…

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Shrinking Summary: A reading activity disguised as writing

My favorite kind of writing activities are the ones that are actually reading activities in disguise. Shrinking Summaries are just that: incognito reading activities that allow your students to feel the pride that comes with output and benefit from critical reading at the same time. What is a shrinking summary? To write a shrinking summary,…

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Jeopardy Q&A

I love this simple activity that I found on Pinterest because it is just so adaptable and takes zero preparation! As Comprehensible Input teachers, we are always looking for new ways to revisit stories, readings, and discussions so as to provide students with additional repetitions of target structures. Jeopardy Q&A is backward questioning–providing students with…

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Superlame

I recently discovered this awesome website: http://www.superlame.com. Don’t let the title fool you–it’s great! Superlame allows students to upload photos and add speech, thought, etc. bubbles with text to them. What I love about this–as opposed to other, similar websites–is the ease of use. There are no ‘catches’ here! Unlike Bubblr (which requires students to use photos…

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Announcing…the Christmas Giveaway!

Thank you to November’s winner, Kristin Duncan, for responding to my HELP! Tweet about ideas for the December giveaway. Thanks to her brilliant mind, I am very excited to announce that this month, one of my lucky readers will win a year-long subscription to http://www.textivate.com. I blogged about this awesome resource back in 2012, and…

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How-To: Use Tweets as authentic reading material

A teacher requested a how-to after using the Twitter-based reading assessment from my Las novias de mi hermano unit. For another example, see #Lomejordeméxicoes. Here you go! Step One: Go to http://www.twitter.com Step Two: If you don’t already have an account, create one by choosing a handle (username) and password. Otherwise, just sign in! Step Three:…

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