flesl.net paired stories: conversation & writing: Melissa Crawford

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injured at birth:
hurt while being born

mentally handicapped:
unable to seak or understand properly because brain does not work normally

genetic condition:
condition (disease, etc) that someone has because of ‘genes’ they inherit (or ‘get’) from parents

do something helpful or useful to others (for example: contribute some food or money to people arranging a celebration)

managed to enjoy:
was able to enjoy

• conversation & writing activities for ‘Melissa Crawford’

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 [someone I know] was injured at birth and how this affected his or her family
b. How [someone I know] who was mentally handicapped [because of injury, genetic condition etc.] managed to enjoy his or her life and to contribute to the lives of others

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 paragaphs 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