Share the Thanksgiving story with your students while developing their Reading Comprehension and Fluency skills.
The download provides you with a paragraph-length reading selection that relates basic facts about the first Thanksgiving. I created this Reading Activity for my Spanish I and II classes although I think that it can work well with any level of Spanish.
First, there is a K-W-L graphic where students can recall what they already know about the first Thanksgiving and, later in the lesson, document anything new that they learned and questions that they may have.
Once students have completed the K section for their bell ringer, I ask them to skim the paragraph for known words, cognates, and I also encourage them to make predictions for unknown words. To help readers with making predictions, I placed a word bank at the bottom of the handout with terms related to the first Thanksgiving (in English for purposes of differentiation)
For additional differentiation, the terms in the word bank are directed related to those bolded in the text.
To demonstrate their comprehension of the text, instead of providing questions, I ask students to write a summary of the article in their own words. This can be done in Spanish or in English based on the teacher's instructions, the level of Spanish, and the unique needs and abilities of the students.
I truly believe that this activity is multi-faceted and has numerous applications.
1. This can be the main lesson in 50-minute classes
2. It can be included in Substitute teacher plans
3. It can be assigned as homework
4. Not only can the activity be used as designed (As a Reading Comprehension development activity), it can also be a formative assessment
5. You can use this activity for collaboration and team building
6. This can be a great pre-assessment for the Food Unit, and
7. You can students practice reading it aloud for pronunciation and fluency, regardless of their ability to understand written Spanish.