Report from the Field – 1 – Chris Roberts

Hi Ben –

We had a great story today in my first period class that I wanted to share with everybody. We did a OWI on Monday where we created a purple and yellow – headed giraffe. She was in a jail in Ecuador with Lady Gaga.

Fast forward to today when we made a story with this.  It may be the best story that has every been created in a class of mine, and we are talking about 10-11 years of doing TPRS/CI instruction.

The Star made this story possible.  I”m going to explain the story in English below for everybody’s enjoyment.

So we made our OWI of the giraffe on Monday. Today we did the problem and solution. 

Here’s what happened:

There is a problem!  Mary doesn’t like the Jail. One day, Lady Gaga sings, “I don’t like the jail!”.  Mary sings “I want to escape!”.  Mary has an idea. Mary sings “I have an idea”.  Mary and Lady Gaga dig a tunnel and escape. They sing “Freedom, Freedom, Freedom, Freedom, Freedom”.

A couple of notes about the story: 

(1) Once Lady Gaga sang “I don’t like the jail!”, the kids insisted on it being a musical, which I was more than happy to oblige.  

(2) Most of the vocabulary in this story we have already had at some point and there wasn’t much new vocabulary aside from “dig a tunnel” and “freedom”  and “escape”.  Luckily, we were dealing with a lot of cognates.  

This is my favorite story every done, it was a fun class, and I just want to thank Ben again for this incredible CI powerhouse, the StarChart.



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