3 Quick and Easy Reading Forms

Posted by Megan Smith on March 5, 2015 in 1 Planning, Reading, Vocabulary Building

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



#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! Available in the Mercado, including a Culture Comparison form in Italian.

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19 comments for “3 Quick and Easy Reading Forms”

  1. Bianca says:

    Excellent resources ladies, will you put them on TPT so I can purchase the docs please? Love your work Gals!

    1. Kara Parker says:

      We will put a download in the post for Spanish this weekend!

    2. Megan Smith says:

      Bianca – we added the link at the bottom of the post! Hope that helps!

  2. Joanny says:

    Chicas, thank you SO very much for these wonderful resources! Your ideas really encourage us to get our job done well and benefit our kids tremendously! Keep it up!!

    1. Megan Smith says:

      Thanks, Joanny!

  3. Reyna says:

    Gracias again for an awesome classroom resource!! I’m spending so much time this year getting material ready for Spanish 1-4. What a help this will be for all levels. Thanks to y’all for sharing your ideas AND your materials with us!

  4. JAK says:

    Hi Kara, thanks for your presentation at SWCOLT last weekend. 🙂

    I’d love to use these in my French classroom. I see you started making one in French above.

    Here are the translations of the questions: Quoi? Où? Quand? Qui? Qu’est-ce qui s’est passé? Pourquoi?

    For the words, it’s 10 mots importants, 3 nouveaux mots, & 1 question que j’ai.

    The cultural comparison one is almost perfect, except it’s “en commun.”

    If you don’t feel inclined to put the French words into your template, perhaps you’d give us Frenchies a hint of what sort of software or site is good for making similar handouts? Merci!

    1. Megan Smith says:

      We’ll get the French versions up this week! Thanks for the correction! Ooops! 🙂

    2. Kara Parker says:

      I’m novice low at best with French, but we want to start sharing documents in other languages so THANKS JAK for sharing the translations! It took playing around with 4 different programs to get these, so I loaded the French now.

  5. Kathy says:

    Once again, thank you so much for another helpful resource! I can’t make anything this great looking without it taking me DAYS.

    Several aspects of my classroom have been taken from posts here. “Thank you” just doesn’t seem adequate.

    1. Megan Smith says:


      Thanks for letting us know!! Sharing with you all and helping language teachers are the reasons this site exists!

  6. Josh says:

    Do you have them answer the who/what/where/when/why/what happened questions in the TL or English?

    1. Kara Parker says:

      TL! The graphic organizer I give them is in the TL also.

  7. Evelyn says:

    Do you still have these in French? I wanted to buy them for a friend.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I have just discovered your sites. Great resources and ideas! I I will be using some of the new strategies with my French students. Thank you!

    1. Kara Parker says:

      Welcome and glad to help out! These ideas can work for any language. I have adapted many of them from other content teachers’ activities.

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