Reading

READING RESISTANCE

When you start a daily self-selected reading program your students will complain–even if you provide a wide selection. Even if you allow them to to select what they read. when the complaints roll in, have faith that they will subside if you stay strong. Here's what has worked for me: 1) Make this poster an place it prominently in the front of your classroom: “Picking up word meanings by reading is 10 times faster than intensive vocabulary instruction.” ―Stephen Krashen, The Power of Reading When the daily whining begins, point your laser pointer at the poster. Make no expression on your [...]

By |2019-02-22T16:56:18+00:00February 22nd, 2019|Categories: Books, Daily Routine, Reading|0 Comments

MY FAVORITE READING QUOTES (with sources)

These are the quotes I use to motivate students and to justify reading in the classroom to skeptical parents and administrators:   READING IS FASTER THAN TRADITIONAL INSTRUCTION “Picking up word meanings by reading is 10 times faster than intensive vocabulary instruction.” ―Stephen Krashen (1993). The Power of Reading, p. 15, citing a study by Nagy, Herman and Anderson   READING BUILDS BIGGER VOCABULARIES “Less frequent words... may best be learned by reading extensively, because there is just not enough time to learn them all through conscious study.” ―Norbert Schmitt (2000). Vocabulary in Language Teaching, p. 137   READING STORIES [...]

By |2019-01-15T20:57:44+00:00January 15th, 2019|Categories: Books, C.I. Skeptics, Encouragement, Krashen, Light Reading, Reading|0 Comments

NEW “LA LLORONA” MOVIE COMING

Take advantage of the upcoming interest in La Llorona by teaching your students the real legend in Spanish with this embedded reading: https://www.brycehedstrom.com/product/ebook-la-leyenda-de-la-llorona-embedded-reading A new movie about everyone's favorite scary  Mexican legend, La Llorona, is coming to the big screen this spring.  The Curse of La Llorona will be in theaters nation-wide beginning on April 19th. This is a feature film produced by James Wan (of Aquaman & The Conjuring fame), about the child-stealing, weeping woman of Mexican folklore. With these new resources, your students will be able to understand, read and even tell the story like never before: https://quizlet.com/STORYLABSlanguage/folders/la-leyenda-de-la-llorona-level-1-read-to-learn-spanish-complete-set/sets?fbclid=IwAR3m3Lo1JwfBFA_anTUm7QOWGhw9LlFzjc5rq6fUUdOM7ENcdE380ExkeMo  

By |2019-01-14T21:14:21+00:00January 14th, 2019|Categories: Embedded Reading, Multi-Level Classes, Reading|0 Comments

ON TEACHING READING & LEARNING TO READ

“That is how learning to read begins—first people read to you, then they read with you, and finally they give up because you have taken control of your own reading and don’t want anyone else to interfere. Usually it happens remarkably quickly, so smoothly that it is rarely noticed. Of course, you don’t learn to read all at once. You learn one word at a time—and no one can predict each successive word that you learn will be. It’s not easy to learn new words from word lists, where there is no meaningful context. But new words are learned with [...]

THE TOP 10 BEST-SELLING NOVELS OF ALL TIME

Which of these have you read? I have written guides to reading and teaching two of these best-selling novels in Spanish. One year we listened to Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal in AP Spanish. Every other year for 10 years I taught El alquimista in my Spanish 4 and AP classes. Both were well worth the time. El Alquimista: https://www.brycehedstrom.com/product/ebook-el-alquimista-student-support-and-glossary Harry Potter: https://www.brycehedstrom.com/product/ebook-read-harry-potter-in-spanish            Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra: 500+ million A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens: 200+ Million The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho: 150+ Million The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: [...]

WHAT KINDS OF BOOKS TO GET FOR FVR? (SSR/FVR Series, #2)

When choosing novels and other reading material for your world language students, look for these characteristics: Is it comprehensible? These are the factors that contribute to comprehensibility: Unique Word Count. This is the number of different words in the text. The lower the unique word count, the easier a text is to read. When students know high frequency verbs they can often read at a higher level than is traditionally supposed. Many authors are writing with high frequency verbs and unique word counts in mind. Here are some guidelines for languages with many cognates: -Early level 1:  Under 100 unique [...]

By |2018-08-06T15:43:31+00:00August 6th, 2018|Categories: Classroom Library, Compelling Input, Light Reading, Reading|0 Comments