Having generic forms has been a major timesaver when working with authentic resources. I used to rack my brain to come up with questions for each article or infographic I found… not anymore! I save my specific questions for our discussions AFTER reading.

These are three easy forms I use with news articles, reviews or any authentic reading resource.

#1.) Focus on main ideas.

Let the students decide which words are important and necessary to understand the article. Next, having them focus on words they don’t already know stretches their vocab. They might need to look something up or just identify a new cognate. Finally, get them asking questions! It is an intermediate skill, but we have to get novices practicing it early if we want them to grow!


10 Important Words / 3 New Words / 1 Question I Have

#2.) Compare cultures!

A good authentic resources is going to showcase products, practices, or perspectives. How do they compare with the students’ culture?


Other Culture / In Common / My Culture


See lesson example: San Valentín and Comparing Cultures

#3.) Dig out details… then summarize.

If students can figure out this info, they can give a simple summary of the reading. Works great with partners, too!


What? / Where? / When? / Who? / What Happened? / Why?


Just like I said… Simple, right?

BYO Authres and you’re ready for tomorrow!



Only has compare form.