Students read the vignette "Minerva escribe poemas" and fill in the blanks with the verbs in the Present tense. In addition, there are ten reading comprehension questions. Great for Substitute folder.
If the students are working on it during class then I have the students work with a partner to discuss how they cope with stress. In this vignette, a young girl is already married with two children and after the children are sleeping she write poems on small pieces of papers that she tucks again. I first ask students "Why do you think Minerva writes poems"? They are quick to make the connection that it's an escape for her. So then I ask the students to discuss in their groups what techniques they use to "escape" when they're stressed. I was surprised to find out that many students keep diaries and that's how they deal with stress.
After group discussions, students write a list on the board of things that people do to relieve stress and anxiety. Common things on the list are:
going on social media
Arts and Crafts
taking the dog out for a walk
playing with their pets
I also use exit tickets in which students write what techniques from the list they would like to try.
Identify the main idea and most supporting details contained in culturally authentic materials using electronic information and other sources related to targeted themes.
Recognize familiar words and phrases understand the main idea and infer the meaning of some highly contextualized unfamiliar spoken or written words in culturally authentic materials using electronic information and other sources related to targeted themes.
Infer the meaning of some unfamiliar words and phrases in academic and formal contexts.
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