I recently read about the Draw 1-2-3 activity on the Latin Best Practices blog, and I am obsessed! Bob Patrick shared the idea, and I love that it is very simple and can be used to move students from comprehension to expression with no stress. Here's how you do it! Step 1: Students interpret a … Continue reading Draw 1-2-3: my new favorite reading comprehension activity!
If you've done any number of timed free writes with your students, you have probably identified one or two students that consistently experience "writer's block". You know that they know some language and are certainly capable of writing in the target language on demand, but for distraction or lack of motivation, they turn in papers with … Continue reading Story frames for free writes
Overview: Generate comprehensible input and provide opportunities for output from a traditional vocabulary-review game that is played with a partner. Download a PDF of the instructions and sample game boards for this activity here. PREPARATION: Generate a word cloud of the target vocabulary structures that you want to review (in the target language). This can … Continue reading Word Race Stories
If you've been to a TPRS® training in the last five years (or more), it's likely that you are familiar with the "Freeze Frame" activity. I know that Carol Gaab often lists it as an activity to use when reading novels from TPRS Publishing, and many of my favorite bloggers have shared their versions of … Continue reading Freeze Frame
My sister in law is a lot trendier than I am. She finds nifty projects on Pinterest all the time and actually does them. Who does that? Last Christmas, she introduced me to Smash Books. She had recently moved to Maryland to take a job teaching English, and she was showing me the beginnings of her Smash Book … Continue reading Smash Doodle
I have just stumbled upon the most wonderful way to get your students writing without having to produce any output at all! They can write with INPUT! Crazy, right? How to do it? BLACKOUT POEMS! They are great! Simply take a text in the target language (a newspaper article, a story...anything) and hand it to … Continue reading Blackout Poems
Free Writing is common component in TPRS®/CI classrooms. Many teachers do weekly, timed free writes; others are less consistent, but you will be hard pressed to find a trained TPRS®/CI teacher that doesn't use them at all. As with anything, though, we like to keep our students guessing, don't we?! More than that--we need to keep them … Continue reading I’ve Got a New Way to Write!
I've been working on compiling some ideas for creative book reports/story re-tell props/presentations. One idea that I came across are tissue box book reports (see Joy in the Journey for an example). I also stumbled upon some awesome pictures of tissue box monsters and other fun tissue box creations, but I didn't see anyone that … Continue reading Tissue Box Book Reports
I made a new version of my embedded storyboard today (the idea originally came from Michele Whaley). With the old one, which was meant to include the most general/basic information at the top and then add more details moving down the columns, it was difficult to explain the problem and give the basic plot outline … Continue reading Embedded Storyboard (Updated)
I posted this activity some time last year, and I dug it out of my tool belt last week to use as a writing assessment. I updated the rubric in it so that it matches the proficiency targets for each level (a different rubric for each level). Boy, do I love it! As I was … Continue reading BINGO with Free Write