flesl.net paired stories: story exchange: Giorgio Angelozzi

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rob:
if someone robs you they (forcefully and criminally) take something that belongs to you

con-man:
(‘con’ is short for ‘confidence’) a person who robs people by telling them a false story about him- or herself (usually about a misfortune of some sort) and having gained that person’s sympathy (or ‘confidence’) asks them for money or some other kind of help

confidence:
if you have confidence in someone, you feel you can trust them (believe that they are telling you the truth etc) (the verb ‘confide’ means ‘to speak honestly about some private matter’). The adjective form is ‘confident.’ To be confident that something will happen, for example, is to believe that it will happen.

misfortune:
any bad thing that happens to someone

gain someone’s sympathy:
get someone to feel sympathy with you

sympathy:
understanding how another person feels (usually about something bad or sad)

victim:
person who is harmed in some way (in an accident or, intentionally, by another person)

cheat:
to behave dishonestly in order to steal something, to win a game etc

• story exchange activity for “Giorgio Angelozzi”

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. how you or someone you know was robbed by a ‘con-man’ (male or female) who gained his or her victim’s sympathy by telling a false story about himself or herself

b. how you or someone you know was cheated in some other way

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