Stories Worth Re-Telling


You know those one-sheet homemade ads you see on lampposts around town? The kind that are popular on college campuses? The kind with the little tear off tabs? I have been experimenting with similar fake ads for my students to enjoy before they get into the classroom. The goal is to use compelling comprehensible input. To "Control the vocabulary, but not the grammar," as Susan Gross says. It is high frequency vocabulary with un-sheltered grammar. The ads use the most common words and they are used in a natural sense. If the message calls for the past tense, the future [...]


Here is an email from Christopher, a Spanish I teacher who has been teaching the La Llorona embedded reading. A student took it upon himself to rewrite the story from the husband's point of view. Very creative, recycling of vocabulary. Why didn't I think of that? Thanks so much for making the embedded readings for La Llorona available on your website. They're fantastic! My Spanish I has enjoyed reading and acting them out.  I'm very impressed by their language gains in just a week and half with this text! One student actor playing the role of "El esposo" felt compelled to [...]

By |2015-10-22T20:32:50-06:00October 22nd, 2015|Categories: Stories, Teaching with Legends, Writing|Tags: , |0 Comments

Quote of the Day 12/8/11

STORIES “Writers are [like] a crazy person. We create conflict - for a living. We do this all the time, sometimes on a weekly basis; we create horrible, incredible circumstances and then figure a way out of them. That's what we do.” Joss Whedon, US screenwriter (Toy Story, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, The Avengers, et al) (1964 -  ) Just like in a TPRS class story where the key line is almost always, “But there was a problem…”.

Examples of Student Essays

There are examples of recent student essays on the "Free Stuff" page on this website.  Look in the "Workshops Downloads" section. Students wrote these essays in class after we had read and discussed three versions of the legend of La Llorona the day before.  All reading and discussion was in the TL.  Their task was to pick two versions to compare.  Specifically, they were to analyze three important differences that they had noticed.  I wanted them to re-read the stories, think critically about them and show what they could do with the written language.  They wrote in class and could [...]