September 19, 2016

Class-Created Readings

Today in French 2, eighth grade, which is the second semester of the first year of high school, we read the story of Mr. Sketch that we told Thursday.  I was at acupuncture, so I typed the story up at home when I realized I would be absent.  Students worked together in class to read and translate the story.  I felt confident leaving them with a non-French-speaking sub to do this since the story was created by them in class and would be highly comprehensible to them as a reading.  Looking over their work the next day, they were able to translate the whole story with ease.  That is the power of using class-created readings!


Seventh graders – first-year, first semester Spanish and French, are not quite ready for stories yet.  We are still working on building One Word Images and I am fascinated by the engagement and creativity the students are showing, as well as by our collective love for the characters!  Unfortunately, we had some tech problems today and I was only able to take one video, and it is the end of a One-Word Image in which we created  Larry el Cerebro, a brain who is microscopic and, sadly for a brain, not very intelligent.



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About Lanny Ball

For more than 23 years, Lanny has taught, coached, presented, staff developed, and consulted within the exciting and enigmatic world of literacy. With unyielding passion and belief in the possibility of workshop teaching, Lanny has worked to support students, teachers, and school administrators around the country in outgrowing themselves as both writers and readers. Working first as a classroom teacher, then as a coach and TCRWP Staff Developer, Lanny is now a literacy and reading consultant in Northwestern Connecticut. Outside of literacy, he enjoys raising his three ambitious young daughters with his wife, and playing the piano. Find him on this blog, as well as on Twitter @LannyBall. Lanny is also a co-author of a blog dedicated to supporting teachers and coaches that maintain classroom writing workshops,

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