Last week, I used Martina Bex’s script “El amigo simpático” for my 8th graders. In her script, a nice girl helps three different friends. Well, we didn’t get to the third friend when telling the story in either of my classes. This turned out to be a good thing.
When I typed up the reading, I included a third paragraph about a friend who needs help because they can’t eat. I inserted blanks for the name, the reason they can’t eat, and how the nice girl helps. Working in pairs, students created new details and illustrated to show understanding.
I then spun this out even further. I chose five of the better story ideas and re-typed them with correct grammar. I copied their pictures as well. The next day, my students paired up and read the other class’s stories aloud to each other. Then, they got a stack of the pictures. They had to match the pictures to the stories first, then caption each picture in Spanish. What a great way to spin out a story and get more reps!