More Mad Libs!

what do they teach tumblr_mait9xrQUp1qm5qepo1_250Correct noun-adjective agreement, that’s what.

I got some positive feedback on the last Mad Libs assignment I posted, so I decided to make another one.  This assignment is based on passage 19 from Ecce Romani I, and corresponds to the content of the surrounding chapters, particularly noun-adjective agreement.  In these chapters, the distinction between 2-1-2 and 3rd declension adjectives is discussed, so special emphasis is placed on that.  Download after the jump.

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Kriss Kross, part II

I can’t believe I forgot to put this up here. I made another crossword puzzle a few weeks ago, something to keep kids busy while I was subbing for middle school study hall.

On one side of the page I copied a handout on the 12 (but really 14) Olympians. I forgot to include Hestia, dernnit. Maybe I’ll update it at some point to include her. On the other was the crossword. For some reason, middle schoolers really love crosswords. Go figure. Downloads after the jump.

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Latin Mad Libs!

Sometimes it’s hard to get students engaged.

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Especially when in Latin class.

Taking inspiration from Mad Libs, and adapting a passage from Ecce Romani, I made what I think is a fun activity to help students practice noun-adjective agreement.  The passage is from chapter 5, but the activity actually correlates better with chapter 6.  Chapter 5’s story was just more entertaining.

Students fill in blanks to prompts such as “masc nom sing,” meaning a masculine nominative singular adjective.  They then plug in these adjectives into the story and translate.  Comedy ensues!  Grammar is practiced.  Download after the jump.

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Kriss Kross!

Woo! I made a crossword puzzle! There are a number of sites out there to use, like this one and this one. Not quite sure I’ve found a favorite yet. Some interfaces are better than others, but those others have a prettier end product. Hmm. Jury’s still out on that one.

This crossword is for grammar drills – the perfect active system of Latin verbs. Perfect, pluperfect and future perfect. Correlates with Wheelock chapter 12. Enjoy!

This blogger is a worksheet machine!

Quickie post today, folks.

Mrs. Rojas, a fourth grade teacher, has a blog where she puts a LOT of worksheets up for free download. I mean, a LOT of worksheets.

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Most are for the primary grades, but she has a bunch that are useful through grade 8.

She is a saint for providing us these resources free of charge. The least you can do is provide her blog with some clicks.

Here’s the link again: Create-Teach-Share.

I only need Juan reason to listen to music in class…

There’s been an over-abundance of ESL posts on this blog, I know. I’ll get back to German, Latin, etc. soon enough, I promise. I’ve been building a curriculum from scratch for this ESL job I just took, so lately my mind has been concerned with little else.

Today’s post deals with GRAMMAR and LISTENING COMPREHENSION in one fell swoop! We’re covering “to be” in class this week – a new concept for some students and a much needed review for others. After going over the basics, I decided to make it a little fun by letting them listen to some of their favorite songs. Including one by, you guessed it, One Direction.

I whipped up a quick worksheet featuring some lyrics from popular songs, leaving blanks in the place of forms of “to be” and the contractions that go with it. We’d listen to the song, and then rewind to the appropriate section so they’d have a second and third chance to listen for the correct form.

The kids enjoyed it a lot, and were actually quite successful in filling in the blanks. Fun was had by all. (Except for the kid who tried to steal my speaker. Fun was had by most, suspensions were had by some.)

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Whap! Biff! Ka-POW!

For Christmas this year, I gave my 13-year-old cousin a series of Spider-Man comic books. He’s never been much of a reader, but he DEVOURED those few issues in a matter of hours. Got me thinking. Comic books and graphic novels are often regarded as lesser forms of literature, but if it gets a kid reading who normally dreads the task, how can that be a bad thing?

Adam West Batman is the best Batman.

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Modals and Advice Columnists – But wait, there’s more!

Remember that worksheet I posted a lil’ while ago that used an advice column to teach modals? Well, here’s an extension activity. This new worksheet works with the same article, but it introduces vocab and English idioms and whatnot. It’d be good for more beginner students to aid in their overall comprehension of the content.

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Modals and Advice Columnists

I recently took on a long-term subbing gig as an ESL/ELL teacher at an inner-city charter school. The previous teacher left nothing behind, so I’m starting from scratch, and developing my own curriculum as I go. Heaven help us.

How I feel after only the first few days.

How I feel after only the first few days. These kids ain’t easy.

I’ve decided to start with an “advice column” unit, in order to teach modal verbs (can, should, might, etc.) and to develop writing skills. There are many great resources online, such as this quick how-to on teaching modals on Busy Teacher, but I wanted to add my own touch to it.

I took an existing advice column, found here, answering the letter of a girl whose boyfriend refuses to shower. The poor, unfortunate soul. Add an assignment to find some modal verbs… finish it off with some reading comprehension questions… and… VOILA! A worksheet to drill a mundane grammar concept in a slightly fun way.

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