Interpretive Reading or Listening

This is a 21st Century skill that they need. When asked to create something, they need to be able to look at examples to figure out what makes one good. This activity promotes this thinking, instead of a teacher “telling” students what makes a good one.

Step 1: Find an authentic resource that has a format like a music review or Pecha Kulcha presentation.

music review recipe
Step 2: Let them connect to prior knowledge to create a “recipe” for what ever they will be making later. What “ingredients” make a good one?

Step 3: Look at some examples (in the TL).

Step 4: Revisit their “recipe” and what they have listed. Add or remove as needed.

Step 5: After the “ingredients,” you may want to get into the steps (First, introduce it. Next, state main idea…).


Now you are teaching them how to analyze. A valuable skill to have! This is also good to have them reflect back on what they have seen before they do their own.

How would you use this?