Encouraging Question Asking



I’m on a mission to create better question askers in Spanish 3/4 this year. Wherever possible I am trying to come up with contexts in which they can ask and answer questions related to what we are working on.

This activity is built around the first 5 chapters of Vida y Muerte en la Mara Salvatrucha but you could easily adapt it to your curriculum!

1. The larger pictures will be on the floor in the center of the room, students will sit around them in a circle. (We do this often to review material.)

2. Students will take turns picking up one of the pictures (there’s no order) and talking about what it symbolizes in the main character’s life.

3. When we have some good ideas for what each picture might mean and I have modeled some questions for them, students will return to their desks and I will hand out their assessment.

4. Students will complete the assessment in class and hand in.

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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