Reading Club Update: Day 4, Discussion Thursday

On day 2, my Spanish 3’s reading La hija del sastre did activities directly from the Teacher’s Guide.  The independent group, the comprehension questions, and the cooperative group did a variation on the charades activity… Instead of acting out the variations of the words in new contexts, they drew a picture of what they read.

Spanish 4, who are reading different novels, did this Twitter activity Túiter in which they created conversations between characters in the novel that reflected what had happened in the first two chapters.


Day 3 we focused on protagonists in Spanish 4.  They drew their protagonist in the center of 9 thought bubbles and then wrote 9 descriptions of the person.

Spanish 3’s independent group did comprehension questions from the teacher’s guide while the cooperative learning group used the word cloud that accompanied Reader’s Theater in Chapter 3 to write a short dialogue that two characters in the novel might have had with one another after the events of the chapter unfolded.


I was excited, and nervous, to get to today…. Our first discussion Thursday.  I have never relinquished so much control to my students before!  I wondered how it would look to assess them as a large group after they had been reading in small groups.

It was AMAZING! From Spanish 2 (who are reading Robo en la noche as a class) to Spanish 4, everyone had discussion Thursday today.  I gave them this tally sheet and rubric so that they could self assess as the discussion unfolded: Grading Rubric Class Discussion

There were no long, drawn out “fact-offs” in which students just listed events of the novel because facts were only worth 2 points… There were GREAT questions… and questions are so important as students learn to communicate!  They listened to each other, elaborated on other students’ statements, and asked questions that came to them as they heard their classmates speaking.  Unbelievable.  I wish you could have been there!  Or that I could’ve bottled the flow we were in for a rainy day. LOL


So far I have nothing but happy thoughts about reading club.  If you’re following along with us, I hope you’re feeling the same!  It is NOT something I would do in the lower levels because as novices they need a diet of input…. in order to produce output, it has to go in! 🙂 But as Intermediates in level 3 and 4, it has been a lot of fun!

Next week we are looking forward to a letter exchange with @profe105 Linda Kelchner’s classes who are reading La hija del sastre as well!  Real letters!  Like SNAIL mail!  I think this should be fun!

Have a great weekend!


11 thoughts on “Reading Club Update: Day 4, Discussion Thursday

  1. Hi.
    I love reading what you do in your classes. They sound amazing. I am wondering if you could send me a curriculum map of what you do for Spanish ! classes? I teach middle school and pretty much try to prepare them for our high school. I am looking for some new ideas.

    • I’m not teaching level 1 right now but I do present, past, and future tense of the “super 7” verbs plus Ben Slavic’s circling with balls, 3-4 novels, and 4 chapters of Carol Gaab’s Cuéntame más! (Google all those if you’re not familiar with them!!) this is my first year without level 1 and it feels strange! I’m missing them!!! We read Brandon Brown wants a dog, El Nuevo Houdini past tense, Piratas, and Esperanza. With a group of struggling readers, I’d drop Esperanza. I have been using Martina Bex materials in level 2 and I love them! Check her out too!

  2. Wanted to thank you for sharing this! I do something called an ‘oral recap’ with my students ( – after we have read something (a dialogue, short piece etc) Your idea here gave me the idea to put together a self recording sheet with the expectations on it – coded that is. So a ‘simple answer’ is coded “MM” (minimally meeting) and an answer that ‘expands on what someone else said’ is “ME” (meeting expectations). There are several other categories. At the end I’m asking them to say – by looking at how they recorded – how they feel they met expectations. If you want I can send you what I came up with & how I use it… And at the bottom of my sheet I have credited you with the idea for this.

  3. I have a question about the tally sheet with all the blanks. Is that for the students to fill out about other students or for the teacher? Thanks so much!

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