After an allotted period of silent reading time using provided materials, my Spanish IV students should be able to do the following tasks:
- Write five cognates from the reading and what you think they mean.
- Find two new words that are not cognates and “guess” the meaning using context clues and/or pictures.
- Briefly describe the theme of the reading.
- Create a question from the reading and answer it.
Here is the rubric I will use to grade them:
|Advanced||Themes are on target and well-elaborated. Uses advanced questioning.|
|Proficient||Theme is on target. All sections are complete. The question relates to the topic.|
|Developing||All is complete. The theme and question are close to topic.|
|Emerging||All complete, but the reading was not fully understood.|
|Beginner||Not complete, but demonstrates and effort to complete and to understand the reading.|
I had to deliberate well on whether or not to require their writing to be in Spanish. On the one hand, am I wanting to isolate the skill for proficiency. However, I ultimately decided that I am capable of determining a well-elaborated theme and high end question even if it is full of writing mistakes. I would prefer for my students to use only Spanish in the class.