Information, resources, and tips for teaching and learning with children's literature and other stories in world language classrooms.


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Books Online


Chinese


ChildrensChineseReaderLogo.jpg- 12 lessons that include dialogues, pattern practice, and opportunities to hear each sentence read by a native speaker (in Windows Media Player). Later lessons include links to simple cultural readings, character practice, etc. You'll want to open a new tab each time you click on something new because the site is a bit clunky to navigate otherwise


ChineseForKidsLogo.jpg - Printable PDFs of simple, leveled readers for elementary (or beginning) Chinese students that practice beginning vocabulary in Chinese characters and pinyin


USCChineseLangProgramLogo.jpg - A set of short readings that include ancient Chinese myths, Chinese poems, humor stories, the origins of idioms, and links to other online reading materials in Chinese


IndexOfFablesLogo.gif - Wonderful collection of short, culturally authentic fables grounded in Chinese proverbs and narrated very slowly in Chinese by a native speaker from Wellesley College. Each fable is accompanied by drawings that support comprehension, as well as a short sequence of self-checking, oral comprehension questions that students answer by clicking the appropriate multiple choice answer

Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See - Links to lesson plans and pedagogically sound activities for the book, as well as worksheets in Chinese

Dim Sum - An extensive set of lesson plans for an entire unit built around this book




French


ChildtopiaLogo.jpg- Common fairy tales in Catalán, English, Euskara, French, & Spanish

ContemoiLogo.jpg - A great site where students can listen to and watch stories in French gathered from Haiti, Mali, Mauritania, and Senegal. Stories appear to be read by native speakers. Be sure to click around - lots there


GrimmLogoFrench.jpg - Available in Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, & Spanish


InternationalChildrensDigitalLibraryLogo.gif- Searchable database of children's books in a wide variety of languages (including Arabic, Chinese, Croation, Farsi, Filipino, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Mongolian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, & Thai), categorized by age, color of cover, genre, length, topic, etc., that can be read online - richa521 richa521


JasonsOnlineReadingResources.jpg - Links and stories online in French and Spanish





German


TrixiSchnuffelUndPurzelLogo.jpg - Guinea pig story in German

GrimmLogoGerman.jpg- Available in Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, & Spanish


InternationalChildrensDigitalLibraryLogo.gif- Searchable database of children's books in a wide variety of languages (including Arabic, Chinese, Croation, Farsi, Filipino, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Mongolian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, & Thai), categorized by age, color of cover, genre, length, topic, etc., that can be read online - richa521 richa521




Multilingual


ChildtopiaLogo.jpg- Common fairy tales in Catalán, English, French, & Spanish

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GrimmLogo.jpg - Available in Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, & Spanish


InternationalChildrensDigitalLibraryLogo.gif- Searchable database of children's books in a wide variety of languages (including Arabic, Chinese, Croation, Farsi, Filipino, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Mongolian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, & Thai), categorized by age, color of cover, genre, length, topic, etc., that can be read online - richa521 richa521


JasonsOnlineReadingResources.jpg - Links and stories online in French and Spanish


JustOneMoreBookLogo.jpg - Audio podcasts of an extensive number of popular children's books in English with indexes by topic and author (some books include words in Arabic, Hindi, Spanish, & Xhosa)


Legends&FolktalesLogo.jpg - Click on the map to launch the animated folktales in a separate tab. Folktales are subtitled in the language in which they are spoken. Some of them offer choices of English or Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, etc.





Spanish


BLAALogo.jpg - Extensive library of digital texts (including children's literature and museums) from Colombia

ChildtopiaLogo.jpg- Common fairy tales in Catalán, English, Euskara, French, & Spanish


CodysCuentosLogo.jpg - Read by native speakers (click on Biblioteca to access fairy tales, regional stories, original stories, etc.). You can also download the mp3s.


GrimmLogo.jpg - Available in Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, & Spanish


InternationalChildrensDigitalLibraryLogo.gif- Searchable database of children's books in a wide variety of languages (including Arabic, Chinese, Croation, Farsi, Filipino, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Mongolian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, & Thai), categorized by age, color of cover, genre, length, topic, etc., that can be read online - richa521 richa521


JasonsOnlineReadingResources.jpg - Links to audio and stories online in French and Spanish


BYUHBLLLogo.jpg - Lists of the children's picture books currently available for check-out from the collection (organized by year of publication)


Legends&FolktalesLogo.jpg- Click on the map to launch the animated folktales in a separate tab. Folktales are subtitled in the language in which they are spoken. Some of them offer choices of English or Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, etc.

Spanish Children's Stories - A list of links from Dr. Lori Langer de Ramirez posted to FLTEACH

StoryPlaceLogo.gif - Interactive, online stories in English and Spanish, links to printable activities (find the difference btwn 2 pix), list of children's books in Spanish with descriptions in Spanish and links to Amazon, and interactive games and activities




Lesson Plans


El árbol generoso/The Giving Tree - Good for preterit v. imperfect, as well as for a unit encompassing topics such as friendship, generosity, giving, or service - SarahPCat SarahPCat

Así vamos - Useful for places in a city, present tense, transportation vocabulary - chericem1 chericem1

La casa que Juan construyó - House That Jack Built - Great for introducing preterit tense in Spanish - chericem1 chericem1

Chumba, la cachumba - Useful for working with time and verbs in Spanish

Corduroy - Useful for working with preterit v. imperfect

Don Quijote - A lengthy list of teaching ideas and activities

Donde viven los monstruos- Pre-reading activity that focuses on identifying and describing body parts - leonar77 leonar77 (plus additional lesson plans and video clip of the book in Spanish)

El día que la boa de Jimmy se comió la ropa

Fairy Tales - Ideas for Using - Suggestions for ways language teachers can use fairy tales in class

Fairy Tales - Using to Teach Preterit & Imperfect - Ideas from Richard Ladd

Froggy se viste A great way to teach/reinforce reflexive verbs! - blitzsar blitzsar

La gallinita roja - Good for direct object pronouns

La hora de acostarse de Francisca - Useful for units involving commands, present subjunctive, and childhood

Jorge, el curioso

La oruga muy hambrienta (The Very Hungry Caterpillar) A great way to teach/reinforce the differences between preterit/imperfect! - blitzsar blitzsar

Oye al desierto/Listen to the Desert

Por fin es carnaval - A lesson plan developed by Mari Haas

El Principito - A lengthy list of ideas and activities for teaching The Little Prince in Spanish

Reading Files to Share - A collection of activities, rubrics, and worksheets for book talk assignments, stories, etc.

El secreto en la caja de fósforos

Si le das una galletita a un raton




Pedagogy



Free Reading--Not Either-Or - A short explanation of ways to encourage students to read in the target language

- A list of principles for selecting children's books appropriate for use with second language learners

- Outlines key considerations in developing a story-based lesson and includes lists of possible pre-, during, and post-reading activities

Reading Strategies - Information on a book of helpful activities designed to teach reading strategies to students using culturally authentic passages

Remedies for Reading Woes - A brief list of suggestions and resources for pre-, during, and post-reading activities

Sample Block Lesson Plan Containing Ideas for Teaching Literature

- Tips for reading stories to your students

Things to Keep in Mind When Teaching Literature on the Block




Pre-, During, Post- Activities





Publishers

(From Lynn Fulton Archer)

Big Books





French



German



Spanish






Tools


Students can create their own stories using a variety of low-tech (or high tech) options:

Low-Tech Options


  • Big book








Higher Tech Options


AnimotoLogo.jpg - Upload images and the software will analyze them, suggest music, and remix them to create an interesting video collage that you can share with others


bubblePLY_logo.gif - Allows you to add speech and thought bubbles to any online video. Great for drawing students' attention to specific features of a video clip, for encouraging them to use their language skills to comment on the content of the video by having them insert them



KerpoofLogo.jpg - Allows students or teachers to use comics and different characters with different emotional body language...You can create stories and apply text and thought bubbles. It goes up to 4 frames, but to do more than one, you can simply create 2 individual sets. It allows you to print and email them after!! But be sure you do! The site does not store them once you've closed the browser!


OurStoryLogo.jpg- FANTASTIC - upload text, photos, and videos into a simple to produce a chronologically sequenced timeline. Can collaborate with others, customize, and share. Choose a type of album, answer questions, it generates for you


PikistripsLogo.png - Allows you to drag and drop photos and text to tell stories in a comic book format



SlideStoryLogo.png - Allows you to audio narration onto a slideshow


StorybirdLogo.gif - AWESOME site allows students to choose artwork from real children's book artists for their stories. In order to get diacritical marks into the text, students will need to type their stories in Word, then copy and paste into the text boxes


ViddlerLogo.jpg- Allows you to upload up to 500 MB of video directly from the camera to the website, insert timed comments, tags, and share with others

VoicethreadLogo.jpg - Easy way to connect photos and voices--particularly useful for emphasizing language without ignoring visual (in FL classes, for example). Would also be great for capturing family history




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