Workbook Lesson 8B--Good News, Bad News

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Think of a situation comedy. A plot might go something like this:

Notice the pattern here. The story switches back and forth between hope and disappointment. If there is a problem, a solution is found or we learn that the situation was misunderstood and it is actually good. Then a new difficulty arises.

You already have most of the skills you need to tell real or fictional stories which follow this good news, bad news pattern. It is relatively easy to do because only simple statements are required. Here are some of ways to firm simple statements:

An Example

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A Shorter Version of the Example

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Create Your Own Script

Use verbs in the past tense, adjectives, and vocabulary words from past lessons. You will need creative thinking caps and funny bones! Use verbs from Vocabulary 5B and 5C, adjectives from Vocabulary 5D, and nouns from Language Generator 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Vocabulary 5A and 19, and Vocabulary 10--Online Flashcards. Follow these steps:

  1. Working with a partner choose a theme and 'brainstorm'!
  2. Write a first draft of your script in English.
  3. Identify the words you are familiar with and could easily translate into Russian.
  4. Identify words which you need but do not yet know. Consult fellow students, classroom helpers, or a dictionary for help finding suitable Russian words.
  5. Translate your script using the language generators, case charts, and help from fellow students.
  6. Be ready to read in class next week.

Some Possible Themes

Your Good News, Bad News Story