Embedded Reading

Simplify, Scaffold, Succeed!!

Goal #2 Working Backwards from a Text

The second way to use Embedded Reading is to deliberately scaffold new structures and vocabulary. This works very well when we are creating a Top-Down reading (ie a longer finished piece that we break down into the scaffolded versions) like the example below.

Step 1: Locate or create a text that students will be able to comprehend at the end of the chapter/unit.

Step 2: Identify the new structures that students will need to know.

Step 3: Create an Embedded Reading from the chosen text. There is a “method” to this. You can find explanations on the website, but keep in mind as you create the reading is that each new level should only incorporate a few new structures at a time. People who have done it before will help if you ask!!

Step 4: Identify the 1-3 structures (depending on the level of that students) to introduce to students that will appear in the base reading.

Step 5: Establish meaning, use PQA, practice with gestures, ask a story, etc.

Step 6: Read the base reading with students. Incorporate a reading activity if desired.

Step 7: Identify the structures needed in the next version of the story.

Repeat steps 5, 6 and 7 as needed!!!

I believe that this is what many of our Latin colleagues do when they have a particular piece of literature to work with. I hope that James chimes in with how he and other Latin teachers are using Embedded Reading in their classrooms!!!



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