In January with the start of a new semester I started a FVR program. I’m using the term SDR, Self Directed Reading, simply because I hope to focus on students self monitoring their understanding. I’ve tried starting a reading program a couple of times and this time it is here to stay. Check out my original post if you’d like some direction on a few important things to consider to help a new program gain momentum and not fizzle out like my first attempts.
I’m trying a variety of ways for students to respond to their reading. Recently I came across the idea of story choice boards. My first thought was it seemed a bit elementary. But then I reminded myself that most of my students are considered “elementary Latin” students. Therefore I looked at a few examples and decided to create my own. I won’t use these often. I think once a quarter at most.
I am a father of 3 young girls and this year my family has experienced some illness. Now that my SDR program is in place and running story choice boards will be a nice emergency sub plan activity that I can use once or twice throughout the year. I see myself using them once or twice as well as a way to have students to engage in a longer reflection of what they are reading while giving myself a chance to catch up on reporting their reading logs and in class proficiency scores.
My board looks like the one below when just using for an unexpected sub day. I also use a broader version for students in independent study situations found here. This is a work in progress but I used this with a student who was suffering from intense symptoms from a concussion. This student is back with me in class this year and excelling even after some many absences.
- Write a journal entry from the perspective of a character in the story. (English or Latin)
- Create a radio advertisement that sells the importance of a character in the book. (English or Latin)
- Review another student’s 3-D model in respect to artistic value
- Write out Latin syllables for sound effects to go with a story.
- Create a timeline of the story plot. (Latin captions)
- Design a map reflecting locations in the story. (Latin labels)
- Create 3 survey questions (in simple Latin) that ask classmates to solve a problem.
- Create a graph of data from a survey of classmates. (Latin data)
- Create a poster advertisement for the book. (Latin captions)
- Create a visual image of a journal entry.
- Create a visual representation of a musical rhythm connected to the story.
- Ask classmates a survey about the story. Record data
- Write a journal response to someone else’s journal entry.
- Play another students’ game and write a note of feedback about the game.
- Ask classmates and record how they might be personally connected to different points on a timeline of the story.
- Create a cooperative game that reviews the story.
- Construct a 3-D model of something of major importance in the story.
- Perform, and record a rap, poem or song musical or with interpretive dance.
- Perform and record a reading of a section that includes sound effects.
- Create a rap, poem or song about the story.
- Create an interpretive dance to go with parts of the story.
- Make up sound effects for important parts of the story.
- Take a portion of the story and rearrange the Latin words to create a metrical rhythm
- Identify and Label (in Latin) items of nature from the story.
- Create instructions (in Latin) for a character to survive a natural phenomenon in the story.
- Create a survey about classmates likes and dislikes of natural items in the story.
- Respond to your journal entry about the story in a way that connects the story to something in your personal life. (English or Latin)
- Predict what will happen next in the story or in a sequel if finished. (Latin or English)
- Write a simple story (in Latin) about something in your life that is similar to something in the story.
What other activities or categories might you add?