Draw 1-2-3: my new favorite reading comprehension activity!

I recently read about the Draw 1-2-3 activity on the Latin Best Practices blog, and I am obsessed! Bob Patrick shared the idea, and I love that it is very simple and can be used to move students from comprehension to expression with no stress. Here's how you do it! Step 1: Students interpret a … Continue reading Draw 1-2-3: my new favorite reading comprehension activity!

Story frames for free writes

If you've done any number of timed free writes with your students, you have probably identified one or two students that consistently experience "writer's block". You know that they know some language and are certainly capable of writing in the target language on demand, but for distraction or lack of motivation, they turn in papers with … Continue reading Story frames for free writes

Word Race Stories

Overview: Generate comprehensible input and provide opportunities for output from a traditional vocabulary-review game that is played with a partner. Download a PDF of the instructions and sample game boards for this activity here. PREPARATION: Generate a word cloud of the target vocabulary structures that you want to review (in the target language). This can … Continue reading Word Race Stories

I’ve Got a New Way to Write!

Free Writing is common component in TPRS®/CI classrooms. Many teachers do weekly, timed free writes; others are less consistent, but you will be hard pressed to find a trained TPRS®/CI teacher that doesn't use them at all. As with anything, though, we like to keep our students guessing, don't we?! More than that--we need to keep them … Continue reading I’ve Got a New Way to Write!

Tissue Box Book Reports

I've been working on compiling some ideas for creative book reports/story re-tell props/presentations. One idea that I came across are tissue box book reports (see Joy in the Journey for an example). I also stumbled upon some awesome pictures of tissue box monsters and other fun tissue box creations, but I didn't see anyone that … Continue reading Tissue Box Book Reports

Embedded Storyboard (Updated)

I made a new version of my embedded storyboard today (the idea originally came from Michele Whaley). With the old one, which was meant to include the most general/basic information at the top and then add more details moving down the columns, it was difficult to explain the problem and give the basic plot outline … Continue reading Embedded Storyboard (Updated)