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

Now write your own simple story. You will need creative thinking caps and funny bones! Use verbs in the past tense, adjectives, and vocabulary words from past lessons. 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.

Past Lessons with Words You Can Use

Nouns

Language Generator 1—У кого есть, у кого нет

Language Generator 2—Кому нужно что

Language Generator 3—Кому как

Language Generator 4—Дать что кому

Language Generator 5—У кого было, у кого не было

Vocabulary 5A—Thirty Common Words

Vocabulary 19—Our Background

Vocabulary 10—Online Flashcards

Adjectives Vocabulary 5D—Adjectives
Verbs

Vocabulary 5B—Frequently Used Verbs Conjugated Like Читать

Vocabulary 5C—More Frequently Used Verbs

Some Possible Themes

Your Good News, Bad News Story

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