Stories 1 Textbook 0

We are three weeks into Spanish 1. I have 30 students: 29 total beginners, and one kid, Marc, who has taken Spanish 1 and 2 at another school with a traditional teacher (where he got a high B both years). Marc is a solid student who pays attention in class. 

Another beginner, Mariam, arrived one week late because of holidays, and she has never taken Spanish. 

Here are their first story writes. They had 20 min (no notes or dictionaries) to rewrite our story with new names, places and details. 

Who would you expect to do better– the kid who’s taken Spanish for two years, or the kid who’s taken it for 11 days?  Check it: 

This is Marc’s story. He’s taken two years of Spanish

Now, here is Mariam’s. She has had eleven days of Spanish. 

Now let us be clear: not all the 1s wrote this much or well. Some wrote 30 words (goal is 100 for the story) with awful grammar. I’ll post stats when I have everything entered.  But it is interesting that a beginner can do this well after 11 days. 

Advertisements

4 comments

  1. It’s Norm in Toronto. Just getting back into tprs stuff after a bit of a hiatus and some wandering in the desert. Did a few good stories today after reading some of your posts and getting an email from a colleague who is curious about trying tprs. Felt good and kids were engaged and LOL at stuff said in French!

    Just wondering, did kids know before hand that they were to write a story?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s