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Here's a website that lets you print out and use pre-made stories to create mini books. It seems that the stories are pretty beginner level targeted towards younger learners. They have categories for different letters of the alphabet and even themes, such as seasons and holidays. They even have worksheets and flashcards that can be printed and paired with each mini book. You can even print them in color or in black and white so students can color them themselves. This would be a fun and cute idea for younger readers as a little activity during class. I know children love crafts and using this will allow them to have fun and maybe gain some enjoyment for reading, since they will have a part in putting together their own book.

The Hero's Journey in the Hobbit can be seen with Bilbo throughout the storyline, however there are some interesting steps in The Hobbit that are a little different than the traditional timeline of The Hero's Journey, with the Refusal of Return being one of them. We see that Bilbo doesn't really refuse the return home but is seen to want to return and becomes tired with having more roadblocks in his way. An idea for a lesson activity with this in mind, is to have students find another story that follows The Hero's Journey, and have them compare it to Bilbo's. They can work in groups to come up with a presentation of what they found which they can share at the end of the class. This can be repeated with other steps throughout the story.

Creative Writing / Collaborative Storytelling
« on: April 30, 2020, 05:13:18 PM »
Just a quick idea for a free writing activity that can either be used as a warm up or as is. Give students a writing prompt (can be a sentence, an image, etc.) and give them a time limit of just free writing to start a story. Then after the time is up, have students switch with another classmate to contribute some more of the story, and time them. This can be repeated however many times you would like, the shorter the amount of switches the more time you can allocate per each round. This just kind of gives students an opportunity to get their creative juices flowing as well as allow for a creative collaboration amongst their classmates.   

Pre reading activity:

This is a collaborative activity that introduces key concepts and terms to students.

First start off by grouping students together (this can be done a variety different ways, just do whatever works best for your class). Then give each group a list of vocabulary terms that are repeated multiple times throughout the article or give key information about what the article is about (ie., supernova, white dwarf, mass, gravitational, etc...) Have each group define each term of what they think is correct, then have them discuss amongst other groups to come up with an agreed upon meaning for each term (this will have to be monitored to make sure they are on the right track and end up to a definition that is closely similar to the actual definition.)

Motivation / Re: Before the Extensive Reading Begins
« on: March 03, 2020, 11:14:39 AM »
I agree that jumping into announcing reading can be pressuring for students, especially if in their L1 they have no motivation for reading, so it's gonna be hard to peak their interest in another language. I really like the idea of posting up little sneak peaks of what is to come for the text that will be read in class. Along with this maybe doing general postings of different genres or book options, can help them become more familiar and let them dip their toes in and give them a sense of feeling like they have some control over the readings. Meaning, maybe giving them text options to choose from would help them gain a little more motivation and interest for the lessons to come.

Creative Writing / Fanfiction activity
« on: February 04, 2020, 11:12:49 AM »
Just a small project idea to help students not only work on extensive reading but get their creative juices flowing as well. Assign a book of fiction that would be interesting for students to read, and then have them get into groups or partners to create a similar story line but with their own characters and settings. Stretching this out over multiple classes allows students to read at their own pace. However, this could be done in one class period with maybe a short story.

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