Toni Kellen-3

Toni shared a story and a technique on Ben’s blog. I linked to it and talked about it last fall, but then Ben took his blog down and the link disappeared. I wanted that story back, because I tried it and loved it, but it’s only in Russian. I finally found Toni on yahoo and she said I could post it here too. Here goes!

CONCEPT

I type up a story and let my STUDENTS expand it into an embedded reading by adding in previously learned vocab structures.  I’ve done the same thing before, making the embedded reading out of recycled vocab MYSELF, but it takes way less time to only type up the story once and then leave the rest up to the students.  I think it also helps them to connect with the story better because THEY actually have to interact with the text and the structures.

EXAMPLE

Day 1: Tell story.

Target Vocab:  – meets

Joe meets a girl.  Joe thinks that the girl he meets is very pretty.  Joe thinks that she is pretty because she has white hair and Joe likes girls with white hair.  The girl’s name is Betty (White).  When Joe meets Betty, he says, “Hi, it’s nice to meet you.”  But Betty doesn’t like Joe, so she says “It is NOT nice to meet you.”  Joe is very upset and runs to the bathroom.

Unfortunately, Joe runs to the girls’ bathroom.  Fortunately, in the girls’ bathroom, Joe meets another girl.  The girl that Joe meets does not have white hair, but she is very pretty.  She says to Joe, “Hi, my name is Megan (Fox).”  He says, “Hi, my name is Joe.”  “It’s nice to meet you,” she says.  Joe is very happy to meet Megan.

Day 2: Read and Story Expansion Assignment

-Type up story, with several spaces between each sentence.  That leaves room for students to write their additions.

-In red are some sample additions to the story. (Sorry…I’m betting the red doesn’t come through. You can compare the versions to see the additions.)

ASSIGNMENT

Directions:  Add at least 5 of the following phrases to expand the story.  Highlight each of the phrases from the list that you add to the story.  *(If this were a real assignment, the list of terms would probably be longer and more complex, and students would be required to use a greater number of them.)

·         although

·         is embarrassed

·         turns red

·         brown hair

·         yells

·         I like you.

·         nice

·         mean

·         smiles

·         ugly

·         old

Joe meets a girl.

Joe thinks that the girl he meets is very pretty.

Joe thinks that she is pretty because she has white hair and Joe likes girls with white hair.  Although she is very old, Joe thinks she is very pretty.

The girl’s name is Betty (White).

When Joe meets Betty, he says, “Hi, it’s nice to meet you.”

But Betty doesn’t like Joe, so she says “It is NOT nice to meet you.”   Betty is very mean.   Joe is very embarrassed and turns red.

Joe is very upset and runs to the bathroom.

Unfortunately, Joe runs to the girls’ bathroom.

Fortunately, in the girls’ bathroom, Joe meets another girl.

The girl that Joe meets does not have white hair, but she is very pretty.   She has brown hair.

She says to Joe, “Hi, my name is Megan (Fox).”

He says, “Hi, my name is Joe.”

“It’s nice to meet you,” she says.  Megan is very nice to Joe.   Although Joe is very embarrassed that he walked into the girls’ bathroom, he

Joe is very happy to meet Megan.  Joe smiles  at  Megan and tells her, “I like you.”

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