Here’s a way to assess what students understand in a reading without them translating or you writing questions… HIGHLIGHTING! I also have a study skills class with ESL students. I love seeing, and stealing, different activities from the other teachers. This highlighting activity is from Ms. Rice’s 10th grade English class. The goal is to “create a mental model of story elements.” With a little tweaking, it is now an interpretive reading for mine that also supports another content area.
First show the following slide and review with them some examples (“Who” can be… A person, animal, or thing.) You may want to do one together or at least show a model. If you are focusing on something specific (adjectives, family vocab, etc,), add that too. Now that I have this slide, I can quickly adapt the activity for any reading.
Give them highlighters that correspond to the colors on the slide. If you don’t have enough for your entire class, set this up as a station activity or have them underline with colored markers.
Give them some readings. I love to screenshot peopleenespanol.com or copy from the magazine. Give them some choices or let them pick their own.
Here’s the slide in English:
The last part that I’m still trying to figure out is giving them some feedback. Should I show them mine with the answers? Should they do something else with it after that? Help me out here!