Follow the links in the “Stories” menu to see the stories that either a.) I have written to use in the classroom or b.) the students have written as a class group. Each one will have some context about when I use/used it as well as the story in written 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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