Ben’s blog had a Toni Kellen story on it the other day (http://www.benslavic.com/blog/?p=8687) and I used it in two classes of mostly Russian 1 kids. It was fun, but here’s what I learned (again): first of all, any story will adapt to any level. Second, just because it will adapt, it doesn’t mean you can make it really long in level 1. I’m trying to remember that my Russian 1 kids are dealing with new language, and when a story gets long and unwieldy, it is too much for them to remember. They lose interest. They need shorter stories with more repetition. The second time I told it was a lot more successful because I didn’t get out on any limbs. I also limited my actors (who are way too funny) by putting them into chairs at the front of the class.
It’s been a while since I have used anyone else’s stories, and I have to say…it was fun to have a great story with a trick ending that was just perfect.