Category: Reading

A Quiz They Will Want To Take!

I try to offer a variety of reading for students – it stretches them to see new things and connects to more kids! Articles, infographics, tweets… if native speakers are reading it, then I’m going to consider using it for…

Let Authres Take the Lead ~ Step 3

Starting with authentic resources is great for helping students find new vocab, ask questions about culture, and stay in the target language. I’ve also found that using authentic resources helped me plan better ways to assess learning. That’s step 3 –…

Spark Excitement with Authentic Resources

#AuthRes (authentic resources) have made a huge impact in world language classes around the world. Basically, they are anything made for native speakers. The beautiful thing is that the internet has helped make these resources available to all of us and…

3 Quick and Easy Reading Forms

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…

30+ Interpretive Reading Activities

Yes! An awesome authentic reading resource! I feel like I hit gold. Now what do the students do with it to show their comprehension and to learn new vocabulary and structures?? We have compiled a list of more than 30…

Four Corners

Planning time is valuable, but it seems to get shorter every day with all the other things we have to do. Recently I’ve rediscovered Four Corners and I have found it to be a very valuable, quick to prepare, interpretive listening…

Independent Reading Bookmarks

For the first time, I’m teaching an English class for English Learners. It has been interesting seeing how strategies I’ve used in my Spanish classes translate (ha, ha!) to this class. The activity that has really helped me structure the class…

Creating Questions for Trivia Time

It’s time to try something new! That’s what a new semester encourages me to do. I love starting class with a hook (video, meme, song, article, etc. in TL of course!) that gets them curious about the culture. On the final,…

Infer This

High Rigor and High Relevance! I can hear my assistant principal chanting this as I type it. High relevance, check! Authentic resources, target culture, and cultural comparisons help to keep the lessons relevant to their lives. High rigor… And stay…

6-Word Memoir

I wanted the students to sum up the important points of the characters. Thanks to Twitter (aka best PD ever), I discovered 6-word memoirs, another ELA activity that easily works for us, especially as a reading comprehension or creative writing…