It's a matching activity in disguise! Well, not so much in disguise as pretending to be cool. 'Cada oveja con su pareja' is the Spanish equivalent of 'Birds of a feather flock together'. I'd love to hear if there is a similar expression in other languages (post them in comments, if so!). Matching activities are … Continue reading Cada oveja con su pareja
It's pretty easy to come up with many different ways to review portions of a story, but I've always had trouble thinking of unique activities that allow students to re-generate an entire text. Cynthia Hitz's "Back At'cha" works well for this, as does creating a Class Storybook. These activities are great, because they allow the … Continue reading Story Strips Activity
A great reading activity shared by Maris Hawkins!
About two months ago, I wrote a post explaining how second language teachers can use the Common Core Anchor Standards for Reading to give depth to their reading assessments and challenge students to think critically in the target language. Read it here. Understandably, some readers were left wondering what an assessment composed of CCSS Aligned questions … Continue reading CCSS Aligned L2 Reading Comprehension Questions
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.
Remember that one of the best ways to maintain engagement is to always be doing something new and different in class! This is especially true for reading. With the second semester about to start (unless you are one of the "lucky ones" that went back on January 2 for two days...), many of you are … Continue reading I heard it!
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
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
Thank you to November's winner, Kristin Duncan, for responding to my HELP! Tweet about ideas for the December giveaway. Thanks to her brilliant mind, I am very excited to announce that this month, one of my lucky readers will win a year-long subscription to www.textivate.com. I blogged about this awesome resource back in 2012, and … Continue reading Announcing…the Christmas Giveaway!