Kittens’ Series

Alex Moo and Sam Meow 2: Reading Activities

In my last post, I shared a spontaneous collaborative story-asking process.  I saw students had some struggles during a reading.  I solicited unfamiliar vocabulary from them and created a story with them on the spot.  As a seasoned TCI teacher, pivoting in class based on students' needs or interests is one of the prominent characteristics we have.  Since I work in an independent school, homework is required.  Therefore, I modified the class notetaker's story and turned it into an embedded reading.  That was assigned to them over the weekend. Here are what happened in class this morning. Airplane Reading.  I...

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Alex Moo and Sam Meow

This is my Intermediate low class (Chinese 2).  We are in the mid of Kittens' series, book 4, and story 3 - the Mandarin Class.  Today, we spontaneously created a mini-story.  The teenager's mind in this particular class has turned our mini-stories to be quite dark this year.  However, we are having such hearty good laughs in class, therefore, the happy Disney feel-good stories are not always necessary. Here is what happens. First, I put students into groups to read the Mandarin Class on their own.  Since this is the first time they are reading it, there are lots of...

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