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 … Continue reading Jeopardy Q&A
I love this activity from Carrie Toth! In groups, students write a silent conversation based on a poignant moment in a character's experience.
I recently discovered this awesome website: 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 … Continue reading Superlame
One of my favorite strategies for generating interesting discussions based on new vocabulary is having students draw an illustration for a scenario. For example, have the kids draw a picture of somewhere that they went, something that they saw, what they watch on TV, or what they like. These illustration-based discussions are great for providing … Continue reading Extend your discussion!
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
This was one of the first story activities that I ever read about, and I couldn't tell you who it was that originally taught or posted it. If you know, please leave the name in the comment section so that I can properly credit it. It's a very fun activity, but one that has the … Continue reading Simultaneous Acting
A Gallery Walk is a great activity to create discussion. While it is used to describe many different kinds of activities, whenever I refer to a Gallery Walk, this is what I mean: Large posters are located around the room, either posted by the teacher or by (groups of) students. Students walk around the room (possibly … Continue reading Gallery Walk
My weekend project is tidying up a document in which I list, categorize, and link all of the story activities that I've done/do. This means that I need to make sure that I have a specific post for each of them! You may have read about this in my lesson plan overviews for Houdini or … Continue reading Sound Effects Read-aloud
Today, I had the great pleasure of escorting Cindy Hitz around Anchorage to observe some of our CI teachers. We visited Michele Whaley and Betsy Paskvan, but I will write about those visits later. We were also able to observe Cara O’Brien Holen, a French teacher at West High School here in Anchorage. Cara had … Continue reading Chain Reaction Variation
Some of you may know that I have the mother of all multi-level classes this year: 6th-12th grade, 1st-7th year Spanish. I asked parents and students for grace during the first few weeks as I figured out how to meet everyone's needs, and they did. We are now finishing up week four, and I have a … Continue reading Multi-Level Classes