Anne Matava on Scripting Stories 2

Scripting a story that is not associated with a particular text:
There are a number of instances in which it is not preferable to script a story to prepare students for reading.  If you are expected to reach certain benchmarks or cover certain topics, you can script your stories from those.  Often, the students will ask me how to say a phrase, and because I recognize it as an important, high-frequency structure, I script a story around it.  It is also fun to hear an anecdote or read a funny article in the paper and script a story that echoes the action of the anecdote or article. Anything funny that happens in the stream of life can become a story.  We just remember to make all humor at the expense of no one.
The method for scripting stories that are not associated with a particular text is the same as the one described above:  I jot down at least 5 or 6 phrases and look at them, playing with them in my mind, until a story line emerges.  If it is hard or time-consuming at first, don’t give up.  It gets immeasurably easier with practice.



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