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How to add 15 new beginner level texts to your classroom library EVERY WEEK

“Recreational reading is the most powerful tool we have in language education”
-Stephen Krashen, presentation at CCFLT, February 2017

These are the readings we need most for our classes, the easy easy readings that low level readers can read independently. Almost impossible to find. This is how you do it:


Like the idea? Click here to download the template for the pamphlet cartoon stories.

13 thoughts on “How to add 15 new beginner level texts to your classroom library EVERY WEEK

  1. […] based off of a story or discussion from class. This is the genius idea of Mike Peto on his blog here. He encourages you to do one each week over the topics or stories discussed that week. You have the […]

  2. […] Read and Draw – student-illustrated readers, based on Mike Peto’s cartoon template. […]

  3. […] I’ve been using Mike Peto’s comic book templates to write on, which can be downloaded here from his blog. The advantage to this is that the students visually see how much we have left to […]

  4. A fantastic idea. I’ve had my students make comics storyboard-style for our first story of the year. They all loved it. But this…MIND BLOWN! I was trying to think of a way for all my classes to enjoy each other’s work. Now you’ve given it to me!!

    I agree that this needs to be an ongoing thing and not saved for the end of the year.

  5. […] illustrate a class story.  I use Mike Peto’s comic book template (which you can download here) but you could simply use a piece of paper folded over with boxes on each page if you are feeling […]

  6. […] one-page comics of class discussions, characters, and stories. You can download his template here. I started this with my students this week. On a late-start Wednesday, we spent the whole period […]

  7. So, so wonderful! Thank you so much. With six daily preps (German 6th grade all the way through AP), I feel so overwhelmed most of the time that I cannot see the forest for the trees. This seems so doable with ALL levels. Now, to find a place for all this reading material 😉 – as a traveling teacher with no classroom (space) of my own, this is the next challenge.

  8. I love this idea!

  9. Love this! Totally going to do this. Hey, Mike, I wonder if you have summer reading suggestions for language teachers wanting to be good reading teachers. I’ve got The Book Whisperer. I feel like you have suggested others…could you do a summer reading for PD post? I’d be grateful! Well, I’m already so grateful to you, but I’d be even more grateful. 🙂

  10. Fantastic idea! Thank you so much for sharing!

  11. LOVE LOVE LOVE this! What a great idea in so many ways. The books for class, the extra input, the product pride and the way to “cement” what you did in class are all bound in this one activity. This will definitely become a part of my class eventhough I teach Spanish 2&3. Students love to read each other’s work and this feeds that. I really loved the way you presented through video. I hope you continue to grace us with more ideas like this. Thank you for taking the time to share!’

  12. Awesome idea! Thank you so much for sharing this. I am teaching a class of upper level students (French 3/4/5 split). This will be a good tool to use with them.

  13. Mike,
    Gracias por compartir el vídeo y el bosquejo para crear historias. Mi hijo Ricardo se la pasa escribiendo cuentos cortos y dibuja muchísimo. Solo tiene 10 años. Él me ha ayudado en crear cuentos sin palabras, solo dibujos. Tú me has ayudado con el mismo proceso, pero en dirección contraria. Gracias 😊

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