This is from James:
Hi Ben –
If others are like me they are looking for a way to fill up these days before Christmas with something useful. Here is a script I’ll be running the next couple of weeks. I thought others might find some use for it. I made it to get at “is able to/can,” a word which I have woefully forgotten in all my levels. Of course in upper levels a lot more details can be added. What follows is as bare-bones as it gets. It works really well with actors, too, which is nice given the time of year.
was able, could
immediately fell down
Trent was able to dance in Kolbe’s. But there was a problem. Trent wasn’t in Kolbe’s. Trent was in school. Trent wasn’t able to dance in school. Joel was able to dance in school. Joel stood up and danced very well. Everyone cheered.
Trent was jealous. Trent stood up, but he immediately fell down because he wasn’t able to dance in school. Everyone booed. Trent said, “School is stupid. I am able to dance in Kolbe’s. Can you dance in Kolbe’s?”
Joel and Trent and all the students went to Kolbe’s. Trent danced very well and everyone cheered. Joel was jealous. Joel wanted to dance, but he immediately fell down. Joel hit Trent and everyone laughed.