Activity: Use a 30-second Weird News segment to create scaffolded opportunities to practice retelling a story. This allows ELs to work on listening and speaking skills and is a great way to practice for proficiency tests.
- Listen to the story together and ask students to read along with the transcript.
- Listen a second time as a group, allowing students to ask questions and providing any needed clarification.
- Have students retell the story in their own words.
Learning Objectives: EL-focused instruction, speaking & listening practice, student engagement
Content Suggestions: A new Weird News story is published every Thursday. Here is a list of Weird News stories.
Instructional Context: Remote/Hybrid/In-Person
Learning Mode: Synchronous
Total Time: 20-30 minutes
Learn More: Listen to one teacher’s experience doing this activity with her ELs using the story Young Skateboarder Shreds World Record: