Sometimes we need something simple, low-prep, and easy to use! This activity is something you can do with any reading, and you don’t even have to make copies – it’s that simple! This activity is a reading activity that is really well disguised as a writing activity. So sneaky!
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What You Need:
- A reading selection
- Paper & pencil for each student
How It Works:
Students read (or re-read) the selection you provide for them. Then, students write a list of the 10 most important sentences in the reading. Students should think, “If you removed EVERY other sentence from the reading, could you still tell the story”?
Then, students need to narrow it down to 5 key sentences. Yes, they do need to re-write them, not just circle from their 10. (More practice!)
Finally, students write the single most important sentence from the story. I also have them explain why they chose that sentence! Depending on your students’ levels, you can have them do the explanation in Spanish or in English, up to you. They’re still analyzing the text!
Change It Up:
This activity also works really well in pairs and small groups! Have them do the initial 10 sentences alone, then compare with a partner. How many do you have in common? Okay, now you and your partner need to do 5 sentences together. Pairs compare. Now as a small group, choose the 3 most important sentences. Okay, compare with another group. Now, as a class. The SINGLE most important sentence. And, discuss.
Once you have the most important sentences from the text, there are tons of things you can do with them!
- Students could illustrate their top 5 in a comic strip.
- You can use the sentences to play Mi Lápiz the next day.
- Running Dictation with the sentences
- Read and Draw with the important sentences
- Telephone Pictionary
…and I’m sure there’s more! I’d love to hear other things you could do with the sentences you come up with.
Like I said before, you don’t need to make copies to do this activity! Sometimes having a sheet already made does simplify things a bit though, so if you’d like, I’ve created a quick handout to go with this activity!
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More Reading Ideas?
I first heard of this activity at a TPRS Conference in St. Louis. Eric Richards, the presenter, has a whole book of ideas like this that’s absolutely on my wishlist! You can check it out here for more great ideas! It’s called Grafted Writing, but from what he talked about at the conference it seems like it’s a book of tricky ideas for ways to get your students to read and re-read material in different ways!