My colleagues and I have decided we want to move to San Diego! The weather is glorious (mind you it started snowing in back home in Chicago tonight) and the sessions on Comprehensible Input have been incredibly inspiring. It is always so great to see how passionate T/CI teachers are and how willing they are to share their ideas with others. Also, I got to meet my idol Martina Bex today...I've never felt so starstruck. Her presentation on teaching language through culture was awesome!
Below I am posting the PDF version of my presentation "Turning the Page: Reading Short Novels in the Elementary Levels". For those of you that attended my session, thank you for coming! Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments that you may have. For those of you that couldn't attend, feel free to look through the slides and reply below with questions or comments. I hope that the presentation provides teachers with strategies to make reading short novels more manageable for the teacher and accessible for the student. Enjoy!
11/21/2015 07:10:36 am
Thank you for sharing this! Would've loved to see your presentation live! I think one of the most challenging aspects of choosing a text to use in class is finding one that has the appropriate amount of comprehensible input without needing to alter the text. Many children's books are wonderful reads, but are too full of new vocabulary or structure to be a good choice. You've done a great job of outlining how to go about this process of selection and use!
11/21/2015 07:33:57 am
So glad you found this interesting! In the presentation I discussed the use of short readers from publishers like TPRS Publishing (Karen Rowan and Blaine Ray also have some) that focus on high frequency vocabulary. My 3rd graders read Brandon Brown quiere un perro and it is interesting and with a lot of planning it is accessible to them.
11/21/2015 09:48:03 am
Short stories like those are great and very accessible to young learners! I've been creating minibooks and resources using my own illustrations. And, I am really trying to connect with and support other elementary Spanish teachers- if you are interested, you can visit my blog :) elmundodepepita.blogspot.com or my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Mundo-de-Pepita-224311781096850/
11/21/2015 10:11:35 am
Awesome blog, Julie! Thanks so much for sharing!
11/21/2015 01:21:34 pm
I was so fortunate to attend your ACTFL session yesterday, Niki. Thank you for the well-presented instruction on using novels. I had more than one 'aha!" moment for which I am truly grateful. There is so much to learn and learning by doing is intimidating for me. To have someone put out a model to follow and a demonstration of how the model works is so valuable to me. Thank you. I will be using this soon thanks to you and my students will love this.
11/22/2015 08:11:17 am
Thanks so much, Meredith! I can't wait to hear how teaching a novel goes in your class. Keep me posted!
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