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Spanish Creative Resources

Ínsula Barataria seeks to become a safe haven of free or inexpensive resources for MFL teachers interested in challenging their students intellectually, developing their creative potential, fostering teaching for creativity and improving motivation. The Gobernador of our creative island is, of course, Sancho Panza. Visit our blog: www.insulabarataria.es

Ínsula Barataria seeks to become a safe haven of free or inexpensive resources for MFL teachers interested in challenging their students intellectually, developing their creative potential, fostering teaching for creativity and improving motivation. The Gobernador of our creative island is, of course, Sancho Panza. Visit our blog: www.insulabarataria.es
Creative Writing Activity - Short Shorts
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Creative Writing Activity - Short Shorts

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Writing short shorts is a great introduction to creative writing in the MFL classroom, as a means to develop language mastery, boost subject interest and enhance creativity. Creative writing should not remain an arcane practice limited to those among us who fancy call themselves writers: it is the surest method to learn a language in a lasting, fun, and memorable way. Now that creativity is once more in vogue, has been declared a budding academic field and is a solemn matter of concern to HR pundits, startup accelerators, education leaders and even PISA 2022 and the Department for Education… And bearing in mind that Malcom Gladwell probably overstepped his mark and, let us be straight, punching in 10,000 hours will probably not make you a genius, leaving you a better performer, but as unsagely as before. We could sulk, huff and puff, as contrarian luddites. Or, instead, learn to value and embrace creativity for creativity’s sake, spreading the writerly love to our MFL students. Have you already picked sides and decided what kind of creative teacher you aspire to be? Planning on teaching creatively or teaching for creativity? A li’l of this and that will probably go a long way. ÍNSULA BARATARIA brings you (under the watchful eye of Sancho Panza, our sapiente y comiente Gobernador) this modular creative activity, Minificción (Short Shorts) (KS3/KS4/KS5), where students of Spanish will be introduced to the formidable art of flash fiction: championed by writers like Italo Calvino as a worthy adversary to its more hefty counterparts; veloz saeta… que presurosa corre, and should feel just as fleeting as life fell short for Góngora. This activity is easily adaptable to various levels and degrees of depth, by removing slides according to proficiency, scope of learning and time available. Every slide is accompanied by a suggested Think/Pair/Share, quest, or plenary activity. However, if you are short on time, you can always present a few examples and launch your recruits knee deep into the writing camp swamp.
Intro to essay peer review: A-Level AQA Paper 2
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Intro to essay peer review: A-Level AQA Paper 2

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Storytelling seems to be everywhere these days, and for good reasons: it is the most effective way to connect emotionally and intellectually with an audience. Set up your MFL students for success with a storytelling/roleplaying activity which will teach them how to evaluate an essay (remember the good ol’ days when evaluation used to be at the top of Bloom’s taxonomy, before creativity displaced it?) and carry out basic peer review. Class of Spanish Students Become First Examiners in History ÍNSULA BARATARIA brings to you, with the blessing of Sancho Panza (our sapiente y comiente Gobernador), a flipped-learning, blended class, using Microsoft Sway and a storytelling/role-playing strategy: “Class of Spanish Students Become First Examiners in History. Intro to peer evaluation.” Download the pdf and import it to your own Microsoft Sway to make any appropriate modifications for your class. Learning Intentions Familiarize students with the essay question in the A-Level Paper 2 (AQA Examination Board) and the rubric Provide students with tools for future peer-review workshops in class. Boost students’ confidence level and improve outcomes. Go ahead, do your thing, go teach!