Category Archives: Stories/Storytelling

If I were your boyfriend . . .

I’ve been utilizing great materials that I received from Nelly Hughes at the OFLA conference based around the song jueves by La Oreja de Van Gogh.   Within the song and readings that Nelly provided, there are many good examples … Continue reading

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Storytelling Resource

Donald Miller recently released a short (34 pages), free ($0) ebook called How to Tell a Story.  The book starts with some good thoughts about why stories work – why they are so effective in holding attention and communicating.  He … Continue reading

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El corazón de la madre / La Coeur de Ma Mère

Here’s a story based on an authentic song in French.  Christy Miller, the French teacher at our school was teaching a unit based on the song.  I liked the story so much that I decided to create a Spanish version. … Continue reading

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Mad Libs – CI style

Here’s a slight variation on storytelling if you feel you need a change-up in the routine.  In a “Mad-Libs” style, students provide the details for a story without knowing how they will fit until the story comes together.  You can … Continue reading

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La tienda de mascotas (Story Script, Reading, Movie Talk)

  A story, a reading and slides for Movie Talk based on a pet store, annoying talking animals and big ears.  Materials are in Spanish. Un mascota nueva: This story script can be “asked” in class.  The story involves a … Continue reading

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Adding a visual effect

Here’s a simple trick to change things up just a bit and hold attention.  Utilize your projector to add visuals to a story with actors. Recently, we were working with this story (based on Mike Peto’s very creative original version) about … Continue reading

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Site Update: Story Scripts and Jokes

For a long time, I’ve been wanting to have a better organized collection of my TPRS stories.  During the recent break, I created a database of several of my scripts.  The database includes a list of target structures, a link … Continue reading

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When it falls apart

Unfortunately, not all TPRS stories work in class as they do in my head.  Yesterday, we were working with these structures: Soy el rey – I am the king La gente grita – the people yell Tiene miedo – he/she … Continue reading

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El hombre rico no sabe la verdad

Here’s an easy story script that I used recently.  It’s simple, but it’s a good example of how I approach grammar concepts.  Among other things, my school’s pacing guide states that I should cover “saber/conocer”, “stem-changing verbs” and “superlatives” early … Continue reading

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Story Script – Nunca te olvidaré

Nunca te olvidaré encontró a su alma gemela –  he/she found his/her soulmate tuvo que irse – he/she had to leave “nunca te olvidaré” – I will never forget you PQA ideas: What did you have to do yesterday? (Tuve … Continue reading

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