• Narrow reading is a wonderful way to have your kids read without them getting bored. In 2004 Stephen Krashen wrote about it being a facilitator for faster acquisition: http://www.sdkrashen.com/content/articles/narrow.pdf
• Students read the same basic passage of several people but each with different details. They are exposed to more repetitive content, thus enhancing their deeper understanding of the vocabulary and grammar structures.
• This activity is best for a Novice High (Spanish 1 or 2) student. In this narrow reading activity, three people describe their days, using the preterite. The task is to answer various questions (in English) that require them to have read each short passage a number of times and “narrowly”. My students really enjoy this and feel that they learn a lot by doing them. When I created this one last year, I gave it to my Spanish 2 colleague, a veteran teacher who was retiring in a few months. He came to me with this look of disbelief and told me that for the first time not only could he see what his students could do with the language, but more importantly, that they could. I agree!
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