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Now What? Activities

***This is part of a series on my Embedded Reading site as well. To see the series…start here: https://embeddedreading.com/2019/02/28/why-read-the-last-level/

Why Read The “Last Level”?

Activities!!  That is what I am asked about most often:  What other activities can I do with these readings?

I love this question because it means that the teachers asking it already realize that it is important to vary the activities as we read different versions of the text.  

Why?  Variety for one.  Addressing a variety of skills, appealing to a wide variety of students, the reasons are many!

So here goes!  Let’s look at some additional goals for those readings beyond getting from point A to point Z….and match them with activities.  The activities below are fairly straightforward and could be used as a class warm up, activity, homework, or even for assessment.

Remember, we usually do one activity per level unless there is a compelling reason to do more!

Here is the embedded reading example  in English from that we have been working with.  Below is a chart that can be used to identify ONE set of potential activities.  The activity examples are at the end on a Google document.

*Note 1:  This example is more for upper level students, however, the examples can be adapted for any level.  

*Note 2:  This is just a small set of potential activities.  Additional examples (particularly ones with more physical action) will come in a later post!

Base reading:

Students are uniting to draw attention to a very important issue.   The movement has inspired events in a number of countries. One student in particular has received a lot of attention for her actions.  Politicians are not sure how to respond to this movement.  

Version 2:

Around the world, students are uniting to draw attention to a very important issue.   The movement has inspired events in a number of countries, including school walkouts. The global movement is a result of a United Nations report and other studies worldwide. One student in particular, Greta Thunberg of Sweden,  has received a lot of attention for her actions. Politicians are not sure how to respond to this movement. Some feel strongly that the loss of class time is not appropriate. Others have expressed that if they were younger, they too would be leaving school in order to make a point.

Version 3:  

Around the world, students are uniting to draw attention to a very important issue.   Thanks to the power of social media, young people around the globe have decided to speak their minds to the press and to their respective governments.  This youth movement has inspired events in a number of countries, including protests and school walkouts. The global movement is a result of a United Nations report and other studies worldwide. One student in particular, Greta Thunberg of Sweden, is being seen as a leader for inspiring others.  As a result, she has received a lot of attention for her actions. Politicians are not sure how to respond to this movement. LIke many adults, some feel strongly that the loss of class time is not appropriate. Others support the passion and interest of these young people and have expressed that if they were younger, they too would be missing school in order to make a point.

Version 4:

Around the world, students are uniting to draw attention to a very important issue: climate change   Thanks to the power of social media, young people around the globe have decided to speak their minds to the press and to their respective governments about the future of the planet.  This youth movement has inspired events in a number of countries, from Europe to the U.S. to Australia. There have been numerous events, including protests and school walkouts. The global movement is a result of a United Nations report and other studies worldwide about potential and deadly results of climate change.. One student in particular, Greta Thunberg of Sweden, is being seen as a leader for inspiring others.  As a result, she has received a lot of attention for her actions. Politicians are not sure how to respond to this movement. LIke many adults, some feel strongly that the loss of class time is not appropriate. They feel that students would better serve the cause by writing letters or emails. Others support the passion and interest of these young people and have expressed that if they were younger, they too would be missing school in order to make a point.   They too believe that we need to address this issue, and that the future belongs to all of us, especially young people.

Possible activities:  These could be used with any of the versions above.

Here is a document with MANY ideas so remember to keep scrolling!!!!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Viio5kDKfs42Id4vc4DnnDz1TDDnhr8vs85vFzNyJgE/edit?usp=sharing

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Viio5kDKfs42Id4vc4DnnDz1TDDnhr8vs85vFzNyJgE/edit?usp=sharingi


with love,

Laurie

 

When The Sun Shines

This is a tough time of the year in many parts of the country. It’s been a rough winter. When it’s been that rough outside, it can get rough inside too! Some of you haven’t had a full week of school in a long time because the weather keeps getting in the way. Some of you haven’t seen the sun in weeks. (Yes, that actually happens!)

We are finally getting to the point when we can finally see a little hope for a break in the weather. We need it. And when it breaks and the sun comes out, most of us don’t complain that it FINALLY SHOWED UP. We don’t whine that it SHOULD BE LIKE THIS ALL THE TIME.

We know that life isn’t like that. So let’s be a bit easier on ourselves, and on our students. Those brilliant, sunny moments in the classroom just don’t happen every day. Getting everyone going in the same direction and accomplishing something in just over a half hour is a major accomplishment.

So when the sun shines….indoors or out…just enjoy it. Bask in it. Soak it up and let it fill you. Don’t darken it by thinking that it’s about time those kids got it together or that they should be like this all of the time. Let it shine. Don’t throw any shade in it’s direction. We need to see that moment and remember it just as it is.

Teaching isn’t executing the perfect choreography, no matter what you have been told. It’s dancing in the sun, and in the rain. Both dances are beautiful. They are just different.

with love,

Laurie

Need PD?

Comprehensible Online is a unique opportunity to see, hear and learn from skilled CI/TPRS practitioners ON YOUR OWN SCHEDULE!!  Last year hundreds of teachers participated in this online event and this year has even more presenters and presentations. It also goes for nearly two months, so there is time to watch, respond and communicate with the presenters!  

Each webinar runs for 30-60 minutes and many include handouts and classroom demos.  Here are some comments about last year’s event:

“So nice to be on holidays! This windy weather is perfect to snuggle up inside.. So far I’ve only watched Annabelle Allen, Bryce, Laurie and Tina Hardegan, which have all been really insightful. Hoping to try out MovieTalk and the classroom jobs next term…”

“As a primary school teacher, I can’t top Amy Vander Deen’s very thorough presentation. However I just loved Laurie Clarcq’s Open Sesame, on negotiables, non-negotiables and – importantly – being open to the new, with trust, humour, bravery and creativity. Many more to go, “

What I loved most as a participant was the ability to watch when I was available, instead of having to rearrange my entire schedule in order to participate!  I could also ask questions and make comments in a way that isn’t always possible at a conference…and I could watch a webinar more than once!

What I loved most as a presenter was the conversations that resulted from the posts about each webinar!  I was able to answer questions and help individual teachers during and after the conference.

This year the conference webinars will be organized by categories so that participants can see at a glance what is available and what meets their needs.  There are also webinars that help participants who are just starting to understand and/or implement Comprehension-based instruction…..so whether you have been in the “field” for a while, or just getting started, there is something for you here!

You can find more information about the conference and registration here: www.comprehensibleonline.com  

Want to save money?  Use the code laurie19 to save $25!!

With love,

Laurie


Literacy Workshop: Stillwater, NY

Thank you to the teachers and administrators for helping to set up this workshop in Stillwater! Stillwater is just 45 minutes from Albany. We will be starting the workshop at 4:30 but you are welcome to arrive as you can! Snacks will be provided for you! We will finish by 7, but again…attend for as long as you can!

We will be looking at Literacy in the second language classroom and teachers of all levels and languages (including ELL/ESL) are welcome to attend. We will look at how literacy can enhance language acquisition and how each teacher can begin to implement highly-effective practices in their own classes. This is a wonderful opportunity if you can’t make it to NYSAFLT in Rochester, or, if you are on your way there!

If you have any questions, please contact me at lclarcq@yahoo.com

Interested in signing up? Here you go!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/literacy-for-the-win-reading-in-the-language-classroom-tickets-50977897263




Hello Australia!

I would like to start this post off with a thank you to Mr. Ian Perry of Brisbane, who invited Dr. Terry Walsh, Anny Ewing and myself to present and train teachers in Australia. Here is the Hearts For Teaching space for these conferences!

Stay tuned for more!

with love,
Laurie




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