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Vocabulary / Fly Swatter
« on: February 26, 2020, 10:51:22 AM »
The game of fly swatter is a fun, low-prep activity for vocabulary that can be easily adapted to fit a book being read in the class or new words in general. It can also be adapted to fit different levels depending on what you teach by incorporating definitions or even pictures.
The way I have done it was for a Spanish class in high school with new vocabulary for a unit. For example, we were first divided into two teams, one person from each team goes up to the front of the class and is handed a fly swatter. The teacher would have prepared by putting a set of vocabulary words in Spanish written randomly on the board. The teacher would then say a word in English and the student has to find the word (in Spanish) on the board and smack it with the fly swatter before the other team does. The person who does not find the right word will trade out with someone else on their team.

My example here is for a Spanish course, but you can also adapt this to be a different target language

Creative Writing / NYT Picture a Day
« on: February 25, 2020, 05:06:22 PM »
The New York Times posted this lesson plan activity in 2017, but can still be used and adapted today. The idea of it is to prompt students to write based on a picture. This is a low-stakes writing activity that will help engage students and help access their creativity. The nice thing about this activity is that there is no “right” answer to this prompt and the teacher doesn’t actually have to collect them. As long as students are writing and partaking in the activity, this can be a simple way to get students writing. Additionally, these pictures can be adapted to fit a unit or a book that the class is working on.

Prewriting / Pre-writing activities by Scholastic
« on: February 25, 2020, 04:49:18 PM »
Some people might be familiar with Scholastic book fairs, or something similar, where students are able to purchase books during the school day. Scholastic is not only known for their book fairs, but also has great resources offered on their website. While looking for pre-reading activities, I came across these three pre-writing activities, link provided, that encourage student thinking and meet several common core standards. One of the activities involves Padlet, where students are prompted to add their own ideas based on a specific prompt. This helps students get to a point where they can write down ideas and then move onto developing those ideas. Additionally, students can read other students’ posts on Padlet and perhaps see a theme throughout the response.

The Online Writing Lab at Purdue University is a great resource for the latest updates on citation style guides. This link (provided below) is specifically for ESL students, as it provides an overview of western universities plagiarism policies and the severity of plagiarizing. It also provides a list of vocabulary that is commonly used when discussing academic writing, such as citation, paraphrasing, quoting, etc. Further in this website, there is additional practice for paraphrasing and summarizing with answer keys to help guide students. These practices can be adapted by an instructor teaching paraphrasing, quoting, and/or summarizing. OWL at Purdue is typically up to date with the latest updates to citation guides (ex. APA 7th edition).

General Writing Resources / Verb & Adverb Charades
« on: February 13, 2020, 01:22:41 PM »
Playing games is a great way to get students moving around and involved while learning! This activity puts a fun twist on the game of charades. There is a list of words that are provided on the website that I have put into a word file for easy print out (provided below), half of them are verbs (in purple) and half of them are adverbs (in black). The premise of the game is a student will draw a card and then silently act out the word, demonstrating their knowledge of the chosen card. Of course, any introduction of vocabulary would be necessary if not already learned. This game can also be adapted for new vocabulary units and books if introducing new vocabulary/concepts.


Complete Reading and/or Writing Units / Match Fishtank Unit Plans
« on: February 13, 2020, 10:34:39 AM »
Match Fishtank is a site where teachers can share curriculum and other materials with each other from different content areas. This site is broken down into courses and grades with different units provided. Within each unit it is broken down even further into the summary of the unit, materials needed, assessment, unit prep, lesson map, and the common core standards for reading, writing, speaking/listening, and language, that they are meeting. I believe all of these lessons would have to be adapted for an ESL/EFL context, but it seems like a good starting off point. This site also offers webinars and other teacher support. I believe Match Fishtank is free for lesson plans, but will cost more if you are wanting the “Plus” version. “A Fishtank Plus upgrade is available as an annual subscription--$75/year for each course, or $130/year for all three grades of a single subject”

General Reading Links / Using American Born Chinese in the classroom
« on: February 13, 2020, 10:10:01 AM »
Getting students motivated to read can be quite difficult, particularly with students who are more reluctant to pick up a book. The increased use of graphic novels in classrooms can possibly help some of these students! One of the graphic novels that is for young readers is American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang. This pdf is a teacher's guide on how to use American Born Chinese, a graphic novel, in the classroom. If you see in the table of contents, there are many possibilities that can be adapted for other graphic novels, or even other books. For example, the character carousel activity, is one that can be used for other books as the activities are still engaging students and encouraging synthesis and inference skills. Another thing that is nice about this teacher's guide is that it has activities that help tackle important topics, such as stereotypes with Cousin Chin-Kee.


The Hobbit stuff / The Hobbit Shareables
« on: February 04, 2020, 10:34:46 AM »

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