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What goes here?
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Author:  mesmark [ Thu Dec 18, 2008 11:07 am ]
Post subject:  What goes here?

I would like to provide reading materials/short stories that match the MES English vocabulary sets. I don't have time to do them all and definitely don't have the inspiration to make 100 different stories, but maybe with a little help from some people here and there, we can create quite a library for teachers to use in their classes.

The stories/readings can be anything really but here's a few ideas for structure:
- use as many of the vocabulary words as possible
- keep the stories short with simple grammar
- make a few comprehension questions
- make a few true/flase questions

That's about it.

I'll fish the stories out of here and then decorate them as final drafts. Then I'll post them both here and with the flashcards or in a reading section.

I appreciate any help you can offer.

Happy teaching,

MES English

Author:  Karineuh [ Wed Mar 04, 2009 5:35 pm ]
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I find this very interesting!
If I ever want to write a story, should I post it in a new topic, or should I send it to you by private message, or e-mail, or else?
I don't know if I'm a good writer, but I sure would like to give it a try..
Thanks :)

Author:  mesmark [ Wed Mar 04, 2009 6:16 pm ]
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Karineuh wrote:
I find this very interesting!
If I ever want to write a story, should I post it in a new topic, or should I send it to you by private message, or e-mail, or else?
I don't know if I'm a good writer, but I sure would like to give it a try..
Thanks :)

Please just post it here as a new topic.

I really want to sit down and write up a few. They don't have to be good. If we can get some stories down, others can comments and maybe together we can make them better, but again, anything will be very helpful to everyone.

Author:  Aussie_Teacher [ Fri Oct 29, 2010 4:31 pm ]
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Just an idea. Have seen here and elsewhere that people ask for joint stories help etc etc so why not start a thread where you pick a topic/heading and we the readers, members, users here, add the first, second, third, etc etc lines. Sort of like on some other (expat forums) that ask for 4, 5, 6 etc word comments.

Maybe I am not making sense but the idea could be like this: M=you, 1=next person, 2= next person, etc etc

M: Today was wet and windy
1: I wanted to go to the park
2: My mother said to put on a sweater
3: My grandmother said she like to ride a bicyle in the park

Yes, it makes little sense so far, but think about the ideas as peoiple add the next line and so on and so on.

We can all pull ideas and thoughts out and use as we need and you can always add them somewhere as a dialogue hahahaha

Author:  mesmark [ Fri Oct 29, 2010 6:16 pm ]
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Sounds good to me. Maybe in the general forum. If you want to start a "Make a story" thread, I'd be happy to add the second line :)

Author:  Teacher Georgina [ Wed Sep 14, 2011 4:56 pm ]
Post subject:  Any more news?

Any more news on these stories you mentioned??

Author:  mesmark [ Fri Sep 16, 2011 6:22 pm ]
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well, the idea didn't really catch on. Although I've used at least 2 of these stories with a college class as a retelling exercise. They're very useful.

Adding stories is on my list of things to do, but that list is pretty long ... :shock: :D

Author:  alislaura [ Sun Mar 25, 2012 9:26 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: What goes here?

I have thought up a story based on the MES Curriculum Unit 1: animals, shapes and colors, transportation, body parts, TPR. It also includes some feelings: (happy, angry) and professions (firefighter, police officer, doctor).
I drafted it with young learners (grades 1 -3) in mind, because those are the grades I teach. It's called "Bear has an Accident"....which pretty much gives away the plot, style, and characters :D .
I was inspired to write it by your call for reading material, but now that I've done it, I've suddenly got cold feet because I don't know if it's really the kind of "reading material" you had in mind. I don't teach any reading so I wrote it more with the idea of it being read outloud while the students listen and respond to the vocabulary words and actions when they hear them - kind of a TPR story.
Anyway, does this sound like something I should post here? I could also post it in the General Teaching section although it's not THAT great of a story. Its usefulness is its connection to the MES flashcards and curriculum.

Author:  mesmark [ Mon Mar 26, 2012 12:21 am ]
Post subject:  Re: What goes here?

If you'd like to post your story, I'd love to read it.

There really aren't any rules. However, if you think there is a certain way your story should be used, just post that with the story. It's always helpful and insightful to hear how the author intends for something to be used.

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