Easy, enjoyable reading for World Language Classes
After “asking” a story with a class I will typically write the story out on the board during class with their participation, take a photo of the story before the next class enters and then, during a prep period or after school, I will write the story into a cartoon template. Here is an example of the first page of a non-illustrated cartoon story based on a story that I co-created with my Spanish 1 students:
Over the course of a week I will collect several un-illustrated cartoons from class stories. On Thursday after school I photocopy them all and then, on Friday in class, I give a random copy to each student to illustrate for homework over the weekend. It works best if period 1 gets random per 1 stories, per 2 gets per 2 stories, etc., so that students are merely re-reading what has already been made comprehensible in class. On Monday they will return their work. Many are okay, demonstrating that they understood the reading, but inevitable 10-15% of them are FANTASTIC and deserve to be added to our FVR Cartoon Library.
All languages are welcome.
** Good reading quotes curated by Bryce Hedstrom; click here to see his presentation on light reading.