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Foundation Fundamentals: Stories!

Published: September 28, 2017

"The stories we love best live in us forever." -J.K. Rowling

Stories are invaluable. They provide children with the wonderment of far off places, bring them into unique situations, and help them acquire vast amounts of information. There are three to five stories in each GrapeSEED Unit. These components are a powerful way to introduce and reinforce to students a sense of story. They also expose children to common vocabulary and expressions within multiple contexts, as well as continuous text across pages. Enjoy the time spent reading the GrapeSEED stories to your students and consider the progression of learning throughout. 

When teaching Stories: 

• Remember to be in memory mode, providing students with questions and opportunities for discussion either before starting or after finishing the story. Since the goal of GrapeSEED Stories is, in part, to work on students’ oral language skills, we want the students to experience the uninterrupted story as a whole so that they can take on the language and use it communicatively. 

• Don’t forget to ask questions or start discussions with the stories. These components provide rich opportunities for the students to engage critically with you and their peers. Keep in mind that your questions should progress through the Unit as your class becomes more and more confident. 

• Just like with all other components, expect that most of your students will be able to read/say the Stories on their own without the teacher’s assistance by the end of the Unit.

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