flesl.net paired stories: story exchange & writing: Susan Dime-Meenan

web address: flesl.net/Reading/Stories/Series2/Susan_D-M/Extras/SusanD-M_story_exchange.pdf

episode:
a series of connected events

suffer from an illness:
have an illness

manic-depressive illness:
a mental illness in which a person goes back and forth (alternates) between manic moods and depression (also called “bi-polar illness”)

manic mood:
a mood of great excitement, activity, optimism etc.

mood:
the way a person feels at a particular time

illustrative examples:
an example which shows (illustrates) what something is like

disorder:
a condition of something being wrong with a person (like “disease” but more vague)

depression:
a mental illness in which a person always feels very sad and unhappy over a long period of time.

schizophrenia:
a mental illness in which a person (usually young) cannot think clearly, hears voices, sees things that are not there etc

phobia:
a strong, unreasonable fear of something (e.g. heights, dogs, meeting people) which is considered a mental illness when it is strong enough to prevent the person from leading a normal life

post-traumatic stress disorder:
a mental illness caused by a “trauma” (a very frightening and shocking experience in war, accident etc.) which causes anxiety (worry, fear etc), nightmares, repeating memories, and leads to an inability to have a normal life.

• story exchange & writing activity for ‘Susan Dime-Meenan’

A. Story Exchange

1: make groups of three or four

2: decide who is going to be A, who B, and who C. (In a four-person group there will be a c1 and a c2.)

3: A, tells the others in a story about one of the following:


a particular episode in the life of someone you know who suffers from manic-depressive illness (or some other type of mood disorder such as depression)

a general description (with illustrative examples) of the personality of someone you know who suffers from manic-depressive illness (or some other type of mood disorder such as depression)

a particular episode in the life of someone you know who suffers from some other form of mental illness such as schizophrenia, a phobia of some sort, or post-traumatic stress disorder)

a general description (with illustrative examples) of the personality of someone you know who suffers from some other form of mental illness such as such as schizophrenia, a phobia of some sort, or post-traumatic stress disorder)

4: B, repeats A’s story.

5: C (or C1 and C2), asks A questions about his or her story.

6: A becomes C (or C2), B becomes A, etcetera, and everything is repeated.

B. Writing

1: write a paragraph telling one of the stories you have heard (not your own)

2: exchange your group’s paragraphs for the paragraphs of another group.

C. Correction

1: correct the errors in one of the paragraphs your group has received

2: discuss two or three intereting errors with the other members of your group