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Here’s what you’ll learn:
We talk about using The Storytelling Corner’s product El Vampiro. Even though her stories are created with elementary students in mind, the simple language and visual illustrations are perfect for any novice (level 1) class. I’ve actually even taken a few of her stories and printed them for my FVR library.
Using student actors we told a story as a class. We did a parallel story to El Vampire, changing the problem from he ran out of books to read to he didn’t have chicken to make soup. During the class story, I could use and recycle phrases that we had been using in our class and recycle vocabulary/phrases from our previous stories.
Synopsis: A vampire liked to cook but didn’t have chicken, so he needed to go to the supermarket. He couldn’t go out at night because the sun causes him problems. At night, he flies to the supermarket but it is closed. The worker says that another store is open 24 hours. He goes to that store. That store was open but they didn’t have chicken. (If time, he goes to a third store that is open and has chicken but doesn’t allow him to enter with his pet bat).
I typed up the story from Day 1 and passed out the text to the class. On this particular day, I read a sentence in Spanish and called on a student to translate. You could also have students do a “volleyball read” where student A reads a sentence in Spanish and student B translates that sentence to English and then continues the next sentence in Spanish and so-on.
Tip: Add in extra details or new words to the text. Try adding in connecting words so they become more familiar with words and structures that they can use to “level-up” their proficiency. Make sure to have students write the translation of these unknown/new words.
I printed out the original storyboard from my purchase of El Vampiro. If you are using a different story, you can create your own scenes on storyboardthat.com (Here’s a sample of how I used this site to create scenes for a chapter of a novel) or otherwise sketch out some scenes. This storyboard already included captions so all students had to do (in partners) was to read each scene and put the story in order.
I walked around checking in on groups and pulled out any cards they had in the wrong order so they to try again. As the whole class finished, I read the caption in English so students could check their answers.
What types of different activities do you do within a story unit? What are your favorite types of activities to do with stories? Tell us in the comments….