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The aims of this lesson are: ...

The aims of this lesson are:
a. to help learners improve their listening skills for gist and specific information
b. to help learners develop their writing skills for short stories

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  • 1. Step  1.  Think  about  the  title  of  this  lesson   Briefly explain what you think we will be doing in this project Step  2.  Watch  a  video   You are going to watch a Ted Talk Conference given by Tracy Chevalier. What questions does she ask herself to discover the story inside each of the three paintings? You can also watch the video here. ! The  story  inside  the  painting Girl  with  a  Pearl   Earring  by  Johannes   Vermeer   Boy  Building  a  House   of  Cards  by  Chardin Anonymous  (a  Tudor) The  story  inside  the  painting  by  Debbie  Tebovich  is  licensed  under  a  Creative  Commons  Attribution-­‐ NonCommercial-­‐ShareAlike  4.0  International  License.   Storytelling
  • 2. Step 3. Watch the video again and answer these questions 1. How does Tracy Chevalier describe the girl’s clothes, how she looks, what inferences does she make about the relationship between the girl and the painter? 2. Why do you think the boy does not want to hear? 3. Why does Tracy Chevalier make this connection between bed and sex about the Tudor painting? ! ! Design  by  Debbie  Tebovich The  story  inside  the  painting
  • 3. Step 4. Watch the part of the video where Tracy Chevalier tells the story “Rosy” and fill in the gaps. (at minute 11:52) ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! I am still wearing the white brocade doublet Caroline gave me. It has a _____ high collar, detachable sleeves and intricate buttons of twisted silk thread, set close together _____ that the fit is snug. The doublet makes me think of a coverlet on _____ vast bed. Perhaps that was the intention. I first wore it at an elaborate ______ her parents held in our honour. I knew even before I stood up to _____ that my cheeks were inflamed. I have always flushed easily, from physical exertion, from ____, from high emotion. ! As a boy, I was teased by my sisters and ______ schoolboys, but not by George. Only George could call me Rosy. I would not _____ anyone else. He managed to make the word tender. When I made the announcement, ______ did not turn rosy, but went pale as my doublet. He should not have ____ surprised. It’s been a common assumption that I would one day marry his ______. But it is difficult to hear the words aloud. I know, I could barely _____ them. ! Afterwards, I found George on the terrace overlooking the kitchen garden. Despite ________ steadily all afternoon, he was still pale. We stood together and watched the maids ___ lettuces. "What do you think of my doublet?" I asked. He glanced at me. "____ collar looks to be strangling you." ! "We will still see each other," I ________. "We can still hunt and play cards and attend court. Nothing need change." George ___ not speak. "I am 23 years old. It is time for me to marry ___ produce an heir. It is expected of me." ! George drained another glass of ______ and turned to me. "Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials, James. I'm sure you’ll be _______ together." He never used my nickname again. The  story  inside  the  painting Design  by  Debbie  Tebovich
  • 4. Step 5. Write your own story using art work 1. Check this website and choose one painting that pulls you like a magnet. 2. Ask yourself some questions like: a. What questions come to your mind when you look at the painting? b. What intrigues you? c. What inferences can you make from the questions? 3. Do some research if you need to know about the painter. 4. Are you ready to write the story? 5. Check this chart to help you outline your story Step 6. Editing a. Have you checked tenses? b. Have you checked linking words? c. Have you included direct speech? d. Have you included some questions that might trigger more intrigue? ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! The  story  inside  the  painting Design  by  Debbie  Tebovich What?   Middle What?   Beginning What?   End Title     &     Author Who?   Where?   When? Ideas  on  the  go