A list of items or phrases in the target language and students have to rank them in order (which are most important, which they most agree with etc). Alternatively sort the list into categories (masculine and feminine, rooms and bedroom objects etc.)

These could either be a list on PP or a sheet of paper on desks for students to cut out and then sort or laminated cards if feeling flash.) Could then get them to translate or create sentences using these words for an extension.


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  1. I love ranking and sorting activities. I got a great one at a workshop a few years ago from a conference in the states for advanced reading selections. The presenter’s name is Ann Mar, and she teaches Spanish in Texas.

    Here is the activity: you take the challenging reading that you are going to assign students. Select any words or phrases you know that the students will have trouble with. I normally type them out in a list. You then select categories for those items, and create a column for each category. The students then work in groups and categorize the vocabulary. There is always lots of discussion among them and they do a wonderful job at negotiating meaning. We then discuss the vocabulary.

    The students then split up the story in groups and illustrate their scene, drawing the vocabulary from the list. They retell the story in parts. Finally, the story is read in its entirety and questions, or another extension activity is assigned.

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