BINGO! as a springboard to writing

This is my attempt at legitimizing a fun activity (BINGO) that doesn’t actually help students learn language. BINGO works well for review, as a P.A.T. option, or for a sub plan activity… but language acquisition? The value is about ZERO. Before you play BINGO There are three things that you’ll need to do before class…

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Embedded Free Writes

This activity makes for a great component in a sub plan, but you can use it whenever you want to spend some focused time reviewing past target structures. This is a different strategy for expanding a writing piece. Begin by giving students three structures that you would like to review. They should be structures that…

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1-3-10 Free Write

A 1 3 10 Free Write is a twist on a traditional timed write, when students must write for a specific amount of time (either as a free write or on a specific topic). ORIGINS I learned this idea from Betsy Paskvan, a Japanese and English teacher in Anchorage, AK. A substitute teacher in Betsy’s English…

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Hispanic Heritage Month Writing Idea

Biography.com has a nice variety of fairly short biographies (written in English) of twelve different people from Spanish-speaking countries. For a writing activity, I had my students choose two and summarize them in Spanish. My directions were to include Where and when the person was born Where s/he lives (or lived) Something about his/her personal…

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Alphabiography

I got this great idea from an English teacher at our school! It’s called an “Alphabiography”. The idea is to have students write their biography in small installments of 4-5 sentences, basing each installment on a word that begins with a different letter of the alphabet. This would make a very cool on-going focused free…

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Cornell Notes

Developed “far above Cayuga’s waters“, Cornell Notes are an effective note-taking strategy that can be used across grade levels and content areas. I was first introduced to Cornell Notes by my administrator in a 6-8 public school in Anchorage, Alaska. She didn’t have to sell me on it too hard since my grandfather, my parents,…

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