flesl.net paired stories: writing (Gabriela Byrne)

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putting money in slot machines, playing games like roulette or poker, betting on sports etc. in the hope of winning more money
verb: “gamble”

unable to stop doing something even though you know it’s harmful because you enjoy it so much
noun: “addiction”

someone is “cured” of an addiction or a disease if they recover from it because of treatment (counselling, medicine, etc.)

have bad experiences (pain, poverty, imprisonment etc)
noun: “suffering”

members of a person’s family

• writing activities for ‘Gabriela Byrne’

1. writing

• instructions

- Write a one-paragraph story about one of the topics listed below.

- It is best if the story is true.

- It is best if the story is about you or someone you know well.

- It should concentrate on one particularly important or interesting event.

- Maximum length: 150 words. Maximum time: 20 minutes.

• topics

- How [someone] Became Addicted to Gambling

- What Happened to [someone] Because of an Addiction to Gambling

- How [someone] Was Cured of an Addiction to Gambling

- How [someone] Suffered Because of a Relative’s Addiction to Gambling

2. correction

• form groups of three (or four)

• exchange paragraphs with your partner(s)

• silently check your partners' papers for errors

3. discussion

• choose one paragraph from your group for reading to another group

• send the author of the chosen paragraph to another group and invite that group to send someone to your group

• listen while your guest reads his or her paragraph aloud

• if your guest’s pronunciation or grammar causes confusion, interrupt and ask for clarification

• when your guest has finished reading, summarize his or her paragraph to make sure it has been fully understood

• discuss with your guest the content of his or her paragraph