This year, I’m very on top of providing learners with texts. Each class section has been reading at least a half page of Latin every class, which I’ve also been able to print (all during my planning periods!), and give to learners as reading options at home. These texts also double as what some schools call “Do Now” or “Activators” as the first thing we read in class.
The texts include somewhere between 50-70 total words every day. Since I always print extra copies, I’ve shown learners where to go to get new texts if they’ve already read the ones from their own class. Why would they? Well, the texts from each section has different content written with frequent vocabulary that all learners understand. For those who have read all the texts available from other classes, that’s about 1300 total words after just one week! It’s worth noting that almost all of the content is the product of Card Talk, and a single Picture Talk. These are extremely low prep; the work is just typing up what happened in class, made even easier when doing a Write & Discuss at the end of class. Also, in typing up today’s events, I just stumbled upon a way to double the input from any X Talk (e.g. Card, Picture, Calendar, Item, etc.)…
Extending the concept of parallel texts to Card Talk is an easy way to double the input. Say the day’s prompt is “draw up to 4 things you don’t like, and circle them.” In class, 5-10min could easily be spent comparing two learners, their drawings, and the thoughts of others.
Now, instead of typing up what everyone heard and learned in class, review other drawings and type THOSE up. Project, and/or read using your favorite input-based strategy and activity, and you will have doubled the input in a more communicative and compelling way (vs. reading content that learners already know).
8 thoughts on “Card Talk 2 for 1: Double The Input”
Pingback: Getting Texts: Companion Post to Input-Based Strategies & Activities | Magister P.
I love this idea! Out of curiosity, what (if anything) do you have students do with the readings while / after they read them?
I’m not sure I understand. Are you asking what students do with texts I give to them to put in their Latin folder? If so, anything they want.
Otherwise, here are all my input-based strategies and activities: https://magisterp.com/2018/04/29/input-based-strategies-activities/
Pingback: For Every Sentence, What Can You Add? | Magister P.
Cool. Do you print them on card stock? How do you organize/store those? Do the students keep them or do they stay in that box?
Regular paper, and students keep them in their own folder.
So they just pick one up on their way in to class and that is their bellringer/warm-up?
Oh, no. We read a projected version, and the Paper Passer Outers give a printed one at the end of class. The box in the back of room is for extras. Students can get more texts whenever they like.