MS learners collaborate across languages

As a part of Read Across USN Week, Middle School language learners read the same novel in their respective languages and worked together to complete a group activity based on the novel.
By Sibley Kelly, Martha Moore, and Richard Rosenthal, MS World Language Teachers

Middle School students learning the Romance languages of French, Spanish, and Latin studied the graphic novel, "The Gray Planet" in their language classes recently. Upon completion of the novel, the seventh and eighth grade students from all three classes came together to participate in activities related to the novel.

When they met, the students discovered that they had read the novel in their different languages (French, Spanish, and Latin) and the games required them to read in multiple languages.

Accordingly, the students had to work together and rely on each other to solve the games. The students noticed strong similarities between the three languages and discussed the reasons for those similarities.

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