I need to look at Bryce’s Poor Anna suggestions. They’re on the TPRS collection page (in the sidebar). And I’m considering that maybe I should buy his book, even if it’s in Spanish, to help me teach Poor Anna. I had a talk with my first-year kids today, telling them I know all the stuff that is not positive about this book, and then really revving them up about how reading is the best way to learn vocabulary and grammar. They perked up and had a MUCH better attitude about getting out the books.
Then we started reading, and about every paragraph, I would have them draw a picture and put everything possible into it. Then I’d read it again, and they’d raise their hands if they had put various details into their picture. That meant that they got more small pieces, and paid better attention. I asked about things not mentioned–is there a dog on the street there? Is Anna smiling? Are the pies meat or potato? Are there three bananas or two? It was my Blaine-style answer to my desire to keep moving on through this book. I really don’t want it hanging over my head later!!
We finished a whole chapter, and almost everyone looked a lot happier than they had the last time we were reading.