We can encourage our students to think at higher levels even in low level language classes. My students are doing questions 1-3 below today and tomorrow (broken schedule due to high stakes state testing this week and next). They will need to re-read a bit to answer the questions well, which is what we want–MORE COMPREHENSIBLE INPUT.
Notice that we are NOT forcing output here. They can answer in English. Writing above the level of acquisition is not required–but I bet that some will answer in Spanish.
The attempt here is to engage kids with compelling input and thinking. Knowing how to ask their parents for something and get it without losing their dignity is a BIG issue in their lives. These questions point out that in the book and ask them to think about it.
I am giving them questions 1-3 today since we just got done reading chapter 3 of Patricia yesterday (not sure about questions 4-6 yet, we’ll burn that bridge when we get to it):
When students begin to read Patricia va a California someone always says, “Oh, this is just like Pobre Ana!” In some respects the two novels are similar: In each book a girl travels to another country where they speak a different language. But once we start reading and thinking, we see that there are many important differences. Show that you are reading, understanding and most importantly, reflecting on what you read by answering these questions.
You will need to refer back to the text in each novel to answer these questions well. We have read and acted out the novels in Spanish and discussed them in Spanish, but you can answer in English if you […]