Embedded Reading + writing

Just a note: today I handed out the three levels of the embedded reading that my intermediates are working on about Moscow. There were two copies: one with three levels on the same page, and one page front and back with the reading double-spaced. (There was an additional paragraph of very high-level information that the most advanced kids got.) They chose whichever level they wanted to work on, and we talked about how they could add phrases in like, “I want to tell you about…” “I would like to see …” “It seems to me that ….” “I know that…” “Therefore…” “I like …”

They thought, of course, that I was trying to get them to write. Nope. It was just another push to make them read it again and figure out where these phrases would come in most logically. I’m probably going to have them hear some volunteers read out loud (or I will do the reading) so that they can follow along (but actually so that they’ll hear it and re-read it a few more times).

Milking, milking…

Oh. I just remembered that we’re going to be in the lab on Friday, so what I plan to do is require that they put individual sentences onto Power point or Prezi and find pictures to go with each one. They won’t have to type. I’ll give them the document, so all they have to do is cut and paste. They’re going to have to set up the document first without the pictures, and add them later. Otherwise they get bogged down in doing the pictures. Then we can show a few on line.

2 responses to “Embedded Reading + writing

  1. Michele,
    Since you’re using technology for student presentations, I thought I’d share here the link to the web site I recently discovered. So recently, that I just made sure it works on my Mac (and therefore on the mobile lab at school) and ran through the sample exercise there and got very excited. I do need more time to play with it but it could be a good use of technology in the classroom coupled with differentiation, needs for different processing speeds, various assessments etc. Teacher sets up an assignment with audio, and/or visual prompts (text, pictures or videos) and students respond orally or in writing. It’s free! See for yourself here http://lingtlanguage.com.


    • Cool! Thank you so much for sharing! I will edit this post to fall under the technology category, because it looks like a lot of fun, and I want to be able to find it right after grades are due this week. (Ahhh…now everyone understands the sudden emphasis on output and assessment…)


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