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We establish background information to add interest with limited vocabulary. It allows us to practice any vocabulary or structure. We always have multiple characters in our background information. We establish background information in both our ask-a-story and in our extended reading.
Skill one Introduce your character, add details about the character and verify the detail. There was a boy. Class, was there a boy? (Class answers yes.) Class, yes, there was a boy. The details go from general to specific. (For example, Where was he? Washington? Then Wala Wala. Then Motel 7.) Was he a boy? (Class answers, “yes.” You say, “Class, yes, he was a boy.”) Was he a boy or a girl? (Yes, he was a boy.) What was he? (Yes, he was a boy.) Who was he? (Students guess.) Was he boy number one or boy number two?
Skill 2 Verify the details with the student actor. Ask, “Are you a boy?” (Write “are you” on the board. Write the answer, “I am a boy.”) Have the boy say, “Yes, I am a boy.” After the boy answers by saying, “I am a boy”, turn to the class and ask, “Was he a boy?” The class says, “yes.” You say, “Yes, he was a boy.”
Skill 3 Add a second character. Compare and contrast the two characters . Verify the details with the class and student actors. Where was boy number one? Where was boy number two? Who was in _______? Who was in _______?