More beginning of the year things…getting together emergency sub plans! Leaving a video is a hassle for me because the sub needs to track down a TV since they are not allowed to use our Promethean Boards. Instead, I choose a short story from one of the copiable books that I have (this year, mine came from Thematic Short Stories All About Me by Robert Williams and Tracey Kyle). It’s difficult to choose a story because you don’t know how much your students will know when you are out unexpectedly! I choose something that is above their beginning-of-the-year level, but include a vocabulary list that has the words that they haven’t yet learned. You could also use a story that one of your other classes has written.
- Students respond to a question written on the board, and their work is collected after 10 minutes. (This is a focused free write.)
- Students look over vocabulary list.
- I write several sentences that include (currently) unfamiliar vocabulary from the list for students to translate.
- I write several personalized questions for students to answer in order to practice the (currently) unfamiliar vocabulary.
- Students read the story.
- I write 8-10 comprehension questions in English about the story for students to respond to.
- On the photocopy of the story, I divide the text into six parts and label each chunk 1-6. Now, students illustrate each of the chunks in a six-frame storyboard.
- Students write their own story using vocabulary from the list of possibly unfamiliar words.