Reading reinforcement a ‘la Pinterest

I’ve been collecting reading strategy links in Pinterest and am trying to use each one to increase comprehension AND engagement as we read in class. Each time I try a different pin, I’ll share what works well and what is a total flop! Next week we are starting our first novel in Spanish 1 so I’ll be sharing a lot more novice stories but this week the focus was on the upper levels!

As we read Chac Mool in Spanish 3 and Iztaccihuatl y Popocatepetl in Spanish 4 we mapped the story:

It was a GREAT way to help the kids focus on who and where the characters are! As we read, we filled in the post it notes with the pertinent information and when we discussed the stories, they had so much more to say! They really got to know the characters and the story through their maps! I give this reading strategy 2 huge thumbs up!

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

4 thoughts

  1. Love this idea, thanks for sharing! I have a question thou, are the different elements, personajes, entorno, etc color coded? Do you fill these out or do the students? What if you have more students than items?
    Thanks again, SraMonell

    1. I wrote on the post its but the kids chose what to include. We did these stories as whole class readings.

      The colors just helped separate one element from another! No particular significance.

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