In the TPRS classroom, we want our students to be reading and reading. Giving them tasks that make students re-read a story gives them a focus without realizing they are reading
the story again.
One such technique is what I am calling “Yellow Summary”. In this task, students highlight the most important events of the story. When they are finished, what they have highlighted should represent a decent summary of the story.
As students are re-reading, they have to decide what events are important to the story and what are just extra details.
In the first line of this reading from Alma “Había una chica que caminaba sola por la calle en una ciudad muy fria.” we talk about whether we need to know if there was a girl (Yes) and if we need to know that the city was very cold (No).
As students are re-reading and highlighting, I play the Beatles “Yellow Submarine” and sing along changing it to “We are making a yellow summary, a yellow summary, a yellow summary.” You have find a spanish version on youtube but “Amarillo el submarino es, amarillo es, amarillo es” doesn’t have the summary pun that I enjoy.
An extension to this activity is that you can have students take what they have highlighted and rewrite it as a summary. Some students may have highlighted only phrases in sentences so they then have to write those in a full sentence. As they are reading what to write and writing it, they are getting extra reps, and I am one who believes that handwriting something out does something extra to aide in acquisition.
You can then have students read their summaries to their classmates. More reading and more listening! Input everywhere!