Thursday, May 10, 2012

Despicable Me: Bedtime Stories, Story Telling

I think Despicable me is my favorite animated movie. This scene is great to talk about bedtime stories meaningfully.

Bedtime stories stimulate the ability to form mental images from words, an essential skill for reading. They also enhance a child's verbal skills and promote social-emotional learning. When you tell bedtime stories, you'll have a new dimension of shared experience with your child and convey your view of the world.

* Prepare a set of slips, each set with slips with the following information:


Distribute them among the students in the classroom and regroup them by having the sts sit together , according to the slips they received. All the sts who received slips - ELEMENTS OF A STORY - must sit together, for example.

* Give each group the corresponding paragraph. Sts read it and check if they understand the paragraph meaning.

* Form new groups. Each group must consist of five students, one from each of previously assigned group.

* Students share what their part meant.

Elements of a Story: All stories have a setting, characters, a conflict, and a resolution. The world of your story can be realistic or fantasy.

When: The time can be the past, the present, or the future. Phrases such as "once upon a time", "long, long ago", and "not so long ago" are great for setting time.

Where: The location can be a specific place known to your child, or a type of place, such as a school, a store, a house, a mountain, a jungle, a farm, a desert, or even the sticky surface of a sweet dessert, the inside of someone's body, the head of a pin, or the green cheese of the moon. The location can be a city, a country, "a place far, far away", or "a place not so far away".

Who: Characters can be people, animals, plants or physical objects. The protagonist is the character your child will want to succeed and with whom your child should be able to identify. Good protagonists are often your child's age, or a few years older, and often of the same gender as your child. The protagonist should learn and grow during the story. The antagonist is the other side in the conflict. Nature or a set of circumstances can be the antagonist.

Conflict/Problem: Some plots include problems that many people have experienced which can be resolved with high value qualities such as determination, hard work, honesty, perseverance, intelligence, ingenuity or faith.

Watch the movie segment from the wonderful animated movie DESPICABLE ME and find out:

The Elements of the Story:




The Conflict or Problem:

In groups:

1. Do you like the bedtime story told? Why (not)?

2. What about the children in the segment?

3. Did your parents use to tell you bedtime stories? Do you remember any of them?

4. Do (would) you tell bedtime stories to your own children? Why (not)?

5. What are some of the bedtime stories you know? Which one is your favorite?

6. Would you like to tell a bedtime story to your peers now? If so, do it! Choose one of the 10 Famous Children Bedtime Stories in this wonderful site, read it carefully, and share it with a partner.


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