20 Things to Do with a Text, PART 1
You've got a text—now what? Try these eight simple tasks that quickly get students into interpretive mode!
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"What can I do with a text to make sure students really understand and get the most out of it?" —This is one of the most-asked question I hear from teachers. So I decided to share 20 no-prep ways to interact with or follow up on a text!
Part 1 (this collection) offers descriptions of, tips for, and variations on eight learning tasks that quickly get students working in the interpretive mode with any short text (anything from a paragraph to a short chapter), whether it's a published text or one written by you and/or students. The focus is on tasks that invite critical thought about the text and the language without learners' having to create a new target-language product themselves. (Part 2 features the other twelve tasks, which offer scaffolded ways for students to create with the target language based on the text.)
This product includes a 20-minute video about the tasks, as well as a list of the tasks with timestamps keyed to the video.
"20 Things to Do with a Text" is part of the Low-Prep Strategy of the Week, series, which brings you a total of 33 strategies throughout the year, at less than $2 per strategy when you buy it as a bundle. Strategies are being released weekly through May 2021.
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