Teacher's e-course on the S@TM: Adapting the story.


E-lesson 8: Adapting the story.

Aim of e-lesson 8 is to help you with the adaptation of a story or a video by making you aware of the things you need to consider.

Time required: 30΄


In order to adapt a story for your students’ needs you may need to:

  1. Add new interesting, important information (see also e-lesson 3 about how you may have decided to include more information).
  2. Remove ‘redundant’ elements & information from the story. The redundancy of the elements (see also e-lessons 3 & 7).
  3. Add new elements & information to the story if necessary (see also e-lesson 3)
  4. Change the plot in order to include worksheets/activities for the classroom at specific points within the story. (see also e-lesson 10)

In your adapted version of the story you should include the following:

Elements of NoS (e-lesson 2), Elements of HoS (e-lesson 1), principal character feelings and, in general, the important elements of an engaging story (e-lesson 7).

You must also take into consideration how you are going to use the story (motivational introduction, main structure for a lesson or assessment? see also e-lesson 4) available time, your students’ level and needs, local curricula, your students’ interests and other aspects of teaching methodology.

If you choose to integrate a video in your lesson you might need to:

Find a free video editing tool (e.g. Windows Movie Maker, i-Movie, Photostory etc.). You can cut parts of the video according to your goals. Alternatively you can pause the video at specific points in order to allow your students to engage with the worksheets & the activities in so as to make sure that they reflect on the story. You may need to note down the time of the specific points that you are going to pause the video.

If you feel that this is too time-consuming, you may either reflect on whether the video may be used in its initial version, or whether you go back to e-lesson 5 and take this aspect into your decision making [PDF-Form].



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