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TPRS Story Scripts Volume 1

Story Scripts, Volume 2

By Anne Matava

In this long-awaited second volume of Anne Matava's story scripts we again see scripts that are elegant and easy to use - proven winners. Although all scripts can be modified for use with all levels, the first 23 were written for first- and second-year classes, while the remainder were intended for the upper levels.

All stories were written to increase the level of personalization and interest in the TPRS classroom. They are simple, well crafted scripts, each with 3 target phrases repeated throughout each location at the right time.

These scripts were not written to accompany any particular curriculum or textbook. They can be adapted for use in any second language classroom, even if the teacher is not using TPRS exclusively. Each script has been teacher-tested and found to be engaging and effective.

Unlike many TPRS materials, which rely heavily on talking animals and similar scenarios, these scripts depict familiar situations that are interesting to adolescents.

Underlined words in the stories represent variables - the details that we prompt the students to provide. Stories often turn out to be absurd; however, it is the students' interests, and their sense of humor, which drive the absurdity. In this way, each class creates a highly personalized and compelling story.

The scripts in this book can help to make your stories tight, individualized, and memorable. It includes sections on starting the year with TPRS, and on scripting your own stories - two of the more troublesome areas teachers new to the method have reported.

Here is a sample script from Volume 2:

Lazy

works
the boss yells
lazy

Gabi works in Disney World. She drives the Monorail, but she sleeps all the time. The boss yells because Gabi is lazy. He says, "Gabi! You are lazy!" "So what?" says Gabi. The boss says, "You are fired!"

Now Gabi works at a recycling center. She sleeps in the trash can. The boss yells because Gabi is lazy. He says, "Gabi! You are lazy!" "So what?" says Gabi. The boss says, "You are fired!"

Now Gabi works in a zoo as an elbow surgeon. She plays Frisbee with the hippo. The boss yells because Gabi is lazy. He says, "Gabi! You are lazy!" "So what?" says Gabi. The boss says, "You are fired!" The hippo licks the boss's ear.