Home run for reading

In Spanish 2 we are reading Los Baker van a Perú. It is a good story but since there is not much dialogue, it can drag a bit. I have been using different reading strategies that I learned from Carol Gaab this summer. Yesterday, I broke them into groups of 4. We read the chapter as a competition. So here’s what we did:
Group 1 has the opportunity to translate the first sentence of the chapter. If they are correct they get a point, if incorrect another group can steal for the point.
Group 2 and all others have the same opportunity as we move through the pages.
I offered a bonus point each round if groups did not speak out of turn and were focused. It kept all but 1 student (sigh) on task all hour! We didn’t finish the chapter but they are anxious to finish the game. The highest score gets cookies, lowest scoring group has to wait until all other students have left at the end of class to leave. 🙂 (we are doing that in goodnatured fun not as a punishment!)

I wouldn’t do this every time but it has spiced up a duller part of the book!

Author: senoracmt

I began teaching Spanish in Illinois in 1994. I have taught levels 1-4 in a small rural high school, 8th grade introductory Spanish, Biology 1, and 101 and 102 at the community college level. My Spanish classes are partnered with the community college to offer students 8 semester hours of dual credit on completion of Spanish 4. In 2011 I met Carol Gaab and Kristy Placido and have since co-authored the book "La hija del sastre" with Carol Gaab and authored the novels "La Calaca Alegre", "Bianca Nieves y los 7 toritos." "Vector," "48 horas" and "Bananas" through Fluency Matters. In 2006 I became National Board certified and I have been serving as a mentor both for candidates seeking certification in world languages other than English and a virtual mentor for candidates in all certificate areas. I completed my Masters degree in Spanish education in 2011 and did my research on the use of Understanding by Design to create meaningful cultural units for the language classroom. I am a frequent presenter on this topic, please consider me if you are interested in a workshop on backward design. In 2013 I was named the ICTFL Foreign Language teacher of the year and in 2014 I was selected as CSCTFL's teacher of the year. In November of 2014 I was lucky enough to be one of the five finalists for the ACTFL National Teacher of the Year in San Antonio, TX. What a "Cinderella" experience! You can reach me via email at senoracmt at gmail.com.

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