Reading Strategies

Rainbow: A Re-Reading Activity for Any Text

I apologize for the months-long absence. The past 5 months have been the craziest of my life (so far), and I just haven’t had time to blog.

But! Here we are.

I came up with this quick activity that I’m calling Rainbow on a whim a few days ago and tried it with my CP class. We had a good time with it and it only took five minutes to do. We will definitely do it again in a few weeks.

This is a re-reading activity, so choose a passage your students have read at least one or two times already. In this case, we were working with the Pyramus and Thisbe re-telling from Latin Via Ovid. I typed up a series of slides in Google Slides, each slide asking “in hac fabula, ubi “[color]” vides?” (“in this story, where do you see “[color]”?).  Then I passed out a sheet of Latin colors from Carmenta Online Latin School (get it here), which you could also have posted in your room as a poster.

I projected each question on the board, and in pairs, students had to find a place in the story that they thought represented the color on the projector and then write that line of Latin on the board. For example, when I asked where they saw the color “niger” (black), many of them said “spelunca obscura” (dark cave). Likewise, when I asked where they saw “rosea” (pink), many said “oscula” (kisses). Some of them also did more symbolic representations of the colors, like “amor” (love) for “ruber” (red). It was a good way for them to hunt back through the text and to review colors in a way that is so unlike the old school “memorize these colors” method.

Next time we do this, I think I will modify it by giving each pair or small group of students a color, telling them to keep their color a secret. Then I will tell them to find 2-3 quotes from the text that represent their color, either literally (like the dark cave for the word “black”) or figuratively (like envy for the color “green”). After each group works for about 5-10 minutes, the rest of the class will have to figure out what their color is based on their quotes.

I’ll have more soon, I promise!


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