The today in history activity is a great way to engage students with a critical thinking activity in the target language - originally shared by Justin Slocum Bailey of Indwelling Language

Today in history: engage students with a simple critical thinking activity in the target language

I first heard the idea for “Today in History”; or rather, “NOT Today in History" by reading a blog post from Justin Slocum Bailey on the Indwelling Language blog back in 2014. Click here to read the first post: and here to read the second. Recently, I have been looking for new kinds of ‘puzzles’ that … Continue reading Today in history: engage students with a simple critical thinking activity in the target language

Quick assignment for news articles

While I encourage teachers to use the issues of EL MUNDO EN TUS MANOS for free reading material (add them to a class library, let students choose to read them or not, and not complete an assignment after reading them), I realize that there are many reasons that teachers may want to or need to attach an … Continue reading Quick assignment for news articles

Read to extend your class discussion

READ to extend your class discussion

It's hard to believe that 2015 is almost over! I am scrambling to finish my 2015 goal of going paperless. Spoiler alert: it's not going to happen. But I am close! This evening, I stumbled across a reading that I used to extend a class discussion in the first few weeks of my Spanish 2 course--click here … Continue reading READ to extend your class discussion

Is it possible? A board game for post-reading

I've seen a lot of posts recently by teachers that are teaching novels for their classes and feeling like it is not going well. In many ways, teaching a novel as a unit is easy: most publishing companies have provided very complete Teacher's Guides for their novels, and a teacher simply needs to use the resources … Continue reading Is it possible? A board game for post-reading

25 reading activities: some that STOP the reading process, others that SLOW the reading process, and others that let you GO and keep reading! Great for language classes.

Traffic Light Activities to keep the reading process novel

When I wrote the Teacher’s Guide for Brandon Brown versus Yucatán, I included a unique during-reading activity for each chapter. I did this because when you are reading a book in one fell swoop and using it as the basis for your class activities for a chunk of several weeks (or longer), you have to … Continue reading Traffic Light Activities to keep the reading process novel