The Magic Words (Clickable Animated Stories)

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"Clickable Animated Stories" are stories that I have written and animated in PowerPoint.

The advantage of these stories over books is mainly two-fold: 1) the stories are animated and 2) the words from the story that are on the worksheet are cued up when encountered. This helps students of lower English ability to follow along with the story, since they can learn the vocabulary being used as it becomes relevant. It also helps the teacher make sure students are paying attention and following along. The worksheets can also be used as measures of accountability to show what the students have done in class.

The advantage of these stories over videos is that the progression of the story is controlled. This allows the teacher to change the pace for different classes. The teacher can ask questions, elicit information, provide details, or anything else before moving to the next "page" of the story.

The Magic Words is based loosely on "The Two Spells" by Pedro Pablo Sacristan. No one will do what the king says. The king's wizard can't even help him. A boy hears of the problem, goes to the castle, and gives the king a piece of paper with "magic words" written on it. The king uses the magic words and people begin doing what he wants them to. The wizard asks the boy where he learned his magic, and the boy reveals that it's manners, not magic, that make the difference. In my version, the language is tailored for easy understanding, the characters changed to include both girls and boys, the story structure is modified to fit into two lessons with a creative project in between, and the story is greatly simplified.

The moral is that if you use your manners (in this case, say "please" and "thank you"), your interactions with others will be more effective.

This product includes the PowerPoint presentations (animations and text, as well as a worksheet introduction and answer key for review); worksheets in DOC format (you can edit them as desired); and a TXT file containing the text, ideas to incorporate into the story telling, and sample questions and answers to check student comprehension.

The material included in the sample is limited because of file size restrictions. Also because of file size, the detail level of pictures had to be reduced. The sample includes the single-sided worksheet (not the double-sided option) and about half of the first part of the story (without the discussion question or answer key for review).

Keywords: Please, Thank you, The Magic Words, king, wizard, boy, girl, manners, character education

Store: Daniel Jenne
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The Magic Words (Clickable Animated Stories)
The Magic Words (Clickable Animated Stories)
The Magic Words (Clickable Animated Stories)
The Magic Words (Clickable Animated Stories)