I want to share my embedded reading that I did today with my Spanish 1 students.
I’m not sure if I did what embedded reading is suppose to be, but I loved the results! If you’re not familiar with embedded reading, it’s the idea of presenting the same story three times. The first is the bare bones of the story. The second adds some fluff. The third has the fluff and then a little extra.
For the first week I worked with these verb words: baila, corre, salta, lanza, Éste/a es, se llama, tiene. I hit on these nouns frequently: perro, gato, chico, amigo. The I hit these adjectives: guapo/feo, gordo/flaco, inteligente/estúpido.
Keep in mind my students have had ONE week of Spanish exposure.
I also added pictures to the text. There are two that are saved to my computer that REALLY made this story. Here they are:
I made this last one specifically for class! It was perfect because it had the phrase Ésta es – which we’d been working on all week! I had to explain “cara,” but I LOVED watching my students faces as they put it all together.
I then gave students eight true or false questions in English about the story. In one class of 12, 11 got all 8 questions correct. In another class of 11, only 2 students did not get a 100%. I forgot to jot down the statistics for my Spanish 1 class of 8th graders, but the results were similar in a group of 21.
After one week, my students understood a 280-odd-some-word story, written completely in Spanish. THIS is why I TPRS.