Reading

LEVEL I KIDS JUST CAN’T READ & WON’T READ!

Ahem... er... well... Nope. They want to learn and they will read if we encourage and equip them. This is the book check out list from our classroom library for the second full week of school. 23 books checked out so far. Most of these kids are level 1 Spanish students with no exposure to the language before this school year. They have learned many of the high frequency verbs that are in the novels with classical TPR so far and we have done 8 "Persona Especial" interviews, but that's about it, besides three useful "Passwords". They have had  four [...]

WILL KIDS DO FREE VOLUNTARY READING IN LEVEL 1?

Yes. This is the book check out form for the first three full days of school. Eight students have asked to check out books and take them home to read. Most of the students are from level 1 classes. Mighty proud of these kids. Here's how it happens: 1) Books. There is a large and wide selection of reading materials available that are within the range of even beginning learners. 2) Vocabulary. Students have picked up several high frequency verbs from the classic TPR and Special Person interviews we have already done in class. They are excited and feel empowered. [...]

By |2017-10-11T13:22:12-07:00August 23rd, 2017|Categories: Classroom Library, Encouragement, Light Reading, Reading|Tags: |1 Comment

PRESERVING YOUR CLASSROOM LIBRARY

I spend most of my classroom budget on books. Every school year I buy a box of dry erase markers and maybe some post it notes, but they rest of the money the school gives me is spent on books for our classroom library. My students need these books because they read. A lot. At this time of year some students are complaining that they have already read almost all of the books in the classroom library at their level. Many students have already read more than 15 titles, so I am always looking for more books and trying to [...]

By |2017-10-11T13:22:12-07:00February 17th, 2017|Categories: Books, Classroom Library, Reading|Tags: |0 Comments

SELF-SELECTED READING REACTIONS

Students in my Spanish 3 classes are required to select and read a book every two weeks. The only criteria are that the book be interesting and comprehensible to them. After reading they write a reaction, usually in the form of a Light Reading Book Report ( https://www.brycehedstrom.com/…/LIGHT-READING-BOOK-REPORTS3.… ). This week the contrast between two students in one class could not have been greater. I will explain below, but first these questions: • How could two novels with extremely different reading levels both be the right books for two students in the same class? • Could a teacher justify giving [...]

By |2017-10-11T13:22:12-07:00February 11th, 2017|Categories: Compelling Input, Light Reading, Reading, Weekly Routine|Tags: , |0 Comments

LEVEL 1 STUDENTS CAN READ: BRANDON BROWN

Here is more evidence that level 1 students can read on their own, even early in the year. They begin to pick up on their own more than we are teaching in class. If they know much of the vocabulary in the novel they can do it. These simple beginner novels are just the ticket. This is the Dual Entry Journal Report of a level 1 student after 5 weeks. This one is from the first few pages of Brandon Brown quiere un perro, by Carol Gaab. They read in Spanish, but write in English to show understanding. Same level, same [...]

LEVEL 1 STUDENTS CAN READ: ISABELA NOVELS

There have been recent comments that level 1 students can not and even should not read novels. But they can and they should. We cannot just throw books at them. They need encouragement and modeling. They need some time and fun experiences with high frequency words.  And they need interesting and comprehensible books. But they can do it and when they do, magic happens, they begin to like it and they begin to pick up more than we could ever teach them. Here is some recent evidence from Spanish I students, true newbies. They picked a book that they could [...]