miércoles, 7 de febrero de 2018

Simple, repetitive stories with a reward for listening!

Image result for listenI posted a bit about this last week, but I want to share something that I am very excited about! I am working on writing very basic, repetitive stories for my Spanish 1 class in this doc. This will be an ongoing project that I hope to develop a lot this semester (and would love some more collaborators). 

All of the "stories" are based on music videos. These stories are for Spanish 1, but could also be a great way to start a Spanish 2 class or for sub plans (or really any level any time). The doc has the stories and links to other activities too. These stories could be used in a variety of ways. Here are some possibilities:
  • Tell students the story in a "Story Listening" style. This is new to me and I am still learning, but I have realized that (for me), I really need to explain to my students: what the Story Listening process looks like  and why we are doing this (#acquisition). For me, this process takes a lot of energy and thinking! I am drawing a lot and going slowlyClick here to watch Mike Peto doing Story Listening. 
  • After doing the story listening activity, show them the video. This is a fun reward for being good listeners! Also, the music videos are Cultural Products in themselves, but students will see a ton of Cultural Products, Practices, and Perspectives in these music videos.
  • For homework or in class, students can translate the story to English
  • Students could listen and/or read the story again and illustrate it.
  • Students could listen and/or read the story again and act it out.
  • Students can also do Textivate Activities (linked in doc) to get more input. I have a 45 minute TASC block (for extra help, homework, and/or enrichment), so this is perfect for that block. I am trying to include two types of Textivate activities for each story: put the story in order and translate.
  • For another listening activity, students could play "¡Agárralo!" For this activity, students do the following:
    • Sit in pairs with a marker between them.
    • Listen to the cierto/falso statements about the story that the teacher says.
    • Grab the marker if it is a true statement. The first student to grab it earns one point.
    • If a student grabs the marker and it is false, s/he loses two points.
  • The same cierto/falso statements could be used for a listening or reading assessment.
  • Some of the stories have (or will have) cloze activities for the song too. I am working on those, but hope to have a cloze activity and the English translation for most of the songs. I find that students enjoy the songs much more if they know what it is saying! 
Why am I sharing this all for free?!? To help others! And to maybe make Spanish class more enjoyable, engaging, relevant, current, and fun for us teachers and for our students! But, if you feel this doc and all the other linked docs/activities are useful and these activities are saving you some time, consider giving back here.

Also, if you want to help out with this project, please comment in the doc and I will add you. Thanks to Marcia Vera and Jennifer Zimmer who have already helped out! And to Isabel Irizarry, who is also going to collaborate.

Below are three examples of songs/music videos that I am using. Click on the name of the song for the docs, which include the story, a translation worksheet, a cloze activity for the song, two links for textivate, and cierto/falso statements. They are also linked in the original doc.

12 comentarios:

  1. I love you, Kara Jacobs! You are an amazing teacher with a kind heart. I wish I could meet you one day. I am thankful for you and your brain. (~Kathy Griffith) (for some reason, I can only comment using 'anonymous')

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    1. Thanks so much Kathy! I hope to meet you some day too :) IFLT this summer?

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  2. Great idea! I love that they are basic enough to be comprehensible for Spanish 1 but a great warm-up for Spanish 2+3. I also love that they are SHORT! I find that despite being comprehensible, my younger students (grade 8s and 9s) feel overwhelmed by anything over a paragraph sometimes. Great way to build up their confidence! I am using Mis Clases Locas to teach the Super 7 and I think it would work great in conjunction with this! Cheers and thanks to you and all those who helped!

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    1. Yes, these would be excellent warm-ups for any level, especially since they are short.

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  3. Great post, Kara. Thanks for sharing freely in an effort to help other teachers and provide materials for others as all of us benefit from learning from each other and can improve our teaching. Sharing is caring. :-)
    I’m looking forward to reading the materials you attached. Thanks again!

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    1. Thanks Cynthia! They are pretty basic and I lost a bit of steam, but still lots of good stuff in that doc!

      The "stories/songs" of the week have been big hits in my Spanish 1 class!

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  4. Thank you so much! :-) After participating in our 1st ever locura de marzo, my students are pumped to learn more! I am not as familiar with certain songs as everyone else, so your website (and twitter) are like PD to me!! I'm so glad I found you guys...thank you so much, again. Headed to your Radiohead link now. :-)

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    1. Thanks so much Tara! Comments like these keep me sharing! :)

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  5. I love your idea. My students get so excited when we have stories and music. Perfect combo. I have a question for you. I saw the video of Mr. Peto and I see he does not write the words on the board. What do you think adding pictures to the story and have a presentation? Would that distract them from the listening component? I am working on a story for a little video (no music) about a turtle going to the doctor. I will share when I have it ready. Thanks again.
    Claudia

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    1. I think there are *many* ways to tell a story! :) Sometimes I do have pictures on a slideshow, sometimes I have text, sometimes they listen and draw, sometimes they just listen, sometimes they listen, draw and pass... I don't think there is a wrong way! (But I am not an expert ;) )

      But I do think it is valuable for them to listen first and *then* see the text/words later.

      And, yes, please do share!

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  6. I just finished my story. Here it is https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1_axhUp-vQYZz2fbu1jdzQR8w2JbTQ35MBXmoZc2i0oo/edit?usp=sharing. Let me know what you think. I feel the format works really well with students so I will keep working on it and hopefully improving :) I really appreciate your feedback.
    Claudia

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    1. Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to seeing what you have created!

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