I am still learning how to use CI in my classes, but when writing these stories, I tried to make sure that I incorporated the following CI tenets:
- limited vocabulary
- cover high frequency vocabulary first
- lots of repetitions of target vocabulary/structures
- scaffolding/repetition of past vocabulary/structures
- compelling interest, e.g., using celebrities/students as characters
Currently, I am doing a hybrid untextbooking/textbook approach, i.e., I am following the semester scope of a textbook (what topics do I absolutely need to cover?) but doing it my own way and in my own sequence. As a result, the stories reflect this.
As there are no CI-based stories in Latin similar to Anna Matava's TPRS story scripts, this is my attempt at having something like those for my classroom. By no means do these stories reflect 100% comprehensible input, but they are a work in progress, nor have these stories undergone any type of peer review in the CI/TPRS community.
To learn how I use a single story to teach, here is my post on Putting It All Together. In many cases, there are two stories: version #1 which I used as the base story and then a version #2, which was a longer version with version #1 embedded in it.
The stories go in order of how I presented them, so each story depends on past stories for much of its vocabulary/structures. Next to the title is a list of the target vocabulary/structures.
- Leonard et Infans (done after a one week of TPR)
- Yoda, Darth Vader et Oprah (habet, amat, dat) - this story is not available. This is the exact story which Betsy Paskvan used to teach Japanese at NTPRS 2014. I translated it from Japanese into Latin verbatim to use with my students. As it is Betsy's story and not mine, I have chosen not to post it here, but as you can see, it targets habet, amat and dat, as they are high frequency vocabulary
- Yoda et Kim Kardashian (videt, vult, capit, sed)
- Familia (pater, mater, filius, filia) - this is actually a take-off of a story which Carol Gabb demonstrated at NTPRS. I have adapted it for my own purposes.
- Ian et Puellae (puella, pulchra, quid nomen tibi est, mihi nomen est, tristis, dicit)
- Jack et Poptartes (vendit, ego, clamat, iratus, volo)
- Dies Natalis (laetus, hodie, dies natalis, celebrat, do)
- Bill et Canis (canis, tu, vis, amicus, pecunia, quod, dicit)
- Phillip et Femina (femina, sum, es, iuvenis, fortis, subito)
- Jonathan, Phillip et Serpens (parvus, puer, perterritus, audit, gladius)
- Matt et Senex (heri, erat, pulsat/pulsavit, erat, nunc)