+    Telling A Story    Step Up American Pragmatics and Culture
+    Basic Story Structure     Introduction     Beginning     The   Story     The   End     Moral
+    Story Structure: Introduction     Introduce              the story by telling what kind of story it is.      Exampl...
+    Story Structure: Beginning     Tellhow the story started.       Provide background information about the setting   ...
+    Story Structure: The Story     Tellthe main events, in the order that they      happened.       Ex. I woke up, went...
+    Sample Language     Interruptions        / New Elements to the Story:        Suddenly,         Unexpectedly,       ...
+    Story Structure: The End     Tell     what has changed or how things are now.           You could have a happy endi...
+    Story Structure: The Moral     Make final comments or provide moral conclusions     about the story.        Ex. “In...
+    Other Important Elements Of Story    Telling     Cause    and Effect        Provide reasons for different actions t...
+    Think of your own story to tell…     Thinkof a story that has happened to you or a friend     of yours that is remar...
+    Now You Try…     Tell   me your story.
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    1. 1. + Telling A Story Step Up American Pragmatics and Culture
    2. 2. + Basic Story Structure  Introduction  Beginning  The Story  The End  Moral
    3. 3. + Story Structure: Introduction  Introduce the story by telling what kind of story it is.  Examples:  “This is a true story”  “This is a story I heard from a friend.” Sample Language: First of all, To start off with, Initially,
    4. 4. + Story Structure: Beginning  Tellhow the story started.  Provide background information about the setting & time period when the story took place.  Mention where, what time of day, what the weather was like, etc.  Ex. Golden Girls – Sophia’s Storytelling Sample Language for Continuing: Then, After that, Next, As soon as / When + full clause, ... but then Immediately,
    5. 5. + Story Structure: The Story  Tellthe main events, in the order that they happened.  Ex. I woke up, went to the kitchen, and saw the huge hole in the window…
    6. 6. + Sample Language  Interruptions / New Elements to the Story:  Suddenly, Unexpectedly,  Examples: Suddenly, a child burst into the room with a note for Ms. Smith. Unexpectedly, the people in the room didnt agree with the mayor.  Events Occurring at the Same Time  While / As + full clause During + noun (noun clause)  Examples: While we were getting ready for the trip, Jennifer was making the reservations at the travel agents. During the meeting, Jack came over and asked me a few questions.
    7. 7. + Story Structure: The End  Tell what has changed or how things are now.  You could have a happy ending, sad ending, or even a cliff hanger.  Ex. “so we managed to get to the concert right on time”  Sample Language for Ending: Finally, In the end, Eventually, Lastly,
    8. 8. + Story Structure: The Moral  Make final comments or provide moral conclusions about the story.  Ex. “In the end, it was better that it happened that way because if it had happened the way I planned, no one would have been happy.”
    9. 9. + Other Important Elements Of Story Telling  Cause and Effect  Provide reasons for different actions that occur in the story  Link Ideas Logically  Use proper verb tenses  Reported Speech
    10. 10. + Think of your own story to tell…  Thinkof a story that has happened to you or a friend of yours that is remarkable. What happened?  Was this a happy or sad story? Why?  What were the main events of the story? In what order did they happen?  Howhave things changed because of this story? What are things like now?  What lessons did you learn from the story?
    11. 11. + Now You Try…  Tell me your story.

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