Follow the links in the “Stories” menu to see the stories that I have written to use in the classroom. Each one will have the target structures used in the story as well as the story in Spanish and in English.
The stories published here are just the scripts, they don’t include the most important part of story-asking, which is repetition. The stories may seem repetitive because I use the same structures and forms over and over throughout, but I also make sure to circle the forms (See instructions for how to circle–and how to use lots of other TPRS methods–here).
In each story, I use some or all (depending on the level) of the first ten high-frequency verbs that I teach the students.
I call them the “Tremendous Ten” and I got them from various other lists and from what I found that the students needed the most when retelling and rewriting the stories. Based on the needs of the students and the story, I will use the past or the present tense (both are listed below). I make sure to present these at the beginning of the year. I start off by using them for circling and when the students have a bit more control of them, I leave them posted in the room whenever I am telling a story.
After the students are familiar with the Tremendous 10 and they know where to look to find them, I add new vocabulary in small amounts for each story. I also post these words on the board, but they are not there permanently.
- Había – there was
- Se llamaba – was named
- Tenía – he had / she had
- Quería – he wanted / she wanted
- Estaba / Era – he was / she was
- Fue a – he went to / she went to
- Le dijo – said to him / her
- Le dio – gave to him / her
- Le gustaba – he liked / she liked
- Hay – there is
- Se llama – is named
- Tiene – has
- Quiere – wants
- Está / Es – is
- Va a – goes to
- Le dice – says to him/her
- Le da – gives to him/her
- Le gusta – likes
Please feel free to use the stories in your own classes and change them however you need!
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