Transcript: Student Session 2A | Aug 24, 1998

(music plays)

The opening slate pops up with a countdown timer from 10 seconds. The slate reads “To log on: Pick up handset, press pound. Key in I.D. number, then pound. Press 1 to confirm. Hang up.”

A title reads “TVO’s Virtual Classroom. Get connected.” The “V” in “Virtual” is a tick, the “A” in “classroom” is an at sign with an extended loop that turns into a power cord with a plug at the end, and the first “O” in “classroom” is a spinning globe.

The opening slate changes to “Series Title, Language Alive. Program Title, Session 3. Host, Alexa Usher-Jones. Date May 15-98. Time 9:00-10:00 AM. Help Line Toll Free: 1-888-371-1917.”

Missus UJ appears on screen. She’s in her forties, with shoulder-length curly blond hair. She’s wearing a pastel yellow blazer and a necklace.

She says HI, IT'S GREAT TO BE BACK.
LAST WEEK I HAD SO MUCH FUN,
AND YOUR IDEAS WERE WONDERFUL.
AND ISN'T THIS JUST
A GREAT WAY TO LEARN?
NOW, I KNOW SOME OF YOU ARE
NEW TODAY, SO I'M GOING TO
JUST DO A LITTLE RECAP
OF WHAT WE DID LAST WEEK.
AND I THINK RECAPPING
IS GOOD FOR EVERYONE.
IT'S SORT OF A
FORM OF A REVIEW.
SO FIRST OF ALL,
MY NAME IS MISSUS UJ.
AND ALL OF YOU OUT THERE
SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED, IF YOU
ARE IN THE PROGRAM,
THE AGENDA FOLDER.
AND THE AGENDA FOLDER IS THE
PLACE YOU KEEP THE AGENDA.
AND EACH ONE OF YOU SHOULD
HAVE TODAY'S AGENDA ALL
TEE'D UP, AND WE'LL DO
THAT IN JUST A SECOND.
AND HERE IS WHERE WE KEEP ALL
OF THE AGENDAS WEEK AFTER
WEEK, AND THERE WILL BE SIX
OF THEM FOR THE SIX SESSIONS.
AND, ALSO, IT'S A POCKET TO
KEEP ALL OF YOUR PAPER.
BECAUSE IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT
WHEN YOU COME EACH WEEK YOU
HAVE LOTS OF PAPER BECAUSE WE
ARE DOING LOTS OF WRITING,
AND THAT'S WHAT
THIS IS ALL ABOUT.
LANGUAGE ALIVE, AND
KEEPING IT ACTIVE, OKAY?
SOME OF THE ACTIVITY IS YOU IN
THE CLASSROOM, AND A LOT OF
IT, HOPEFULLY, WILL BE
YOU ON THE PHONE LINES.
JUST A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT,
LAST WEEK, IN THE SECOND
SESSION, SOME OF THE TEACHERS
ALLOWED THE KIDS TO STAY, AND
I WAS ABLE TO WORK FOR ANOTHER
15 MINUTES AND ANSWER AS MANY
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE VIRTUAL
CHALLENGE AS I COULD.
SO FOR TODAY'S SESSION, IF
YOUR TEACHER WILL ALLOW YOU,
AND YOU HAD YOUR HAND UP BUT
NOBODY WAS ANSWERING YOU,
WE CAN DO THAT, TOO.
OKAY, LET'S JUST TAKE
A LOOK AT THE AGENDA.
YOU SHOULD HAVE YOUR AGENDA IN
FRONT OF YOU RIGHT NOW, AND
GET IT READY BECAUSE YOU
SHOULD PUT ON IT, THIS IS
SESSION NUMBER TWO, AND
TODAY'S DATE IS MAY 15th.

A blue sheet of paper pops up. It reads “2. Agenda. Date: May 15. Topic: Writing tips. Vocabulary building.” She appears on a small window at the right bottom of the screen.

She continues AND TODAY'S TOPIC THAT WE ARE
GOING TO BE WORKING ON IS
WRITING TIPS.
AND, IN PARTICULAR, WE
ARE GOING TO BE DOING
VOCABULARY BUILDING.
SO GET THAT SET UP.
AND WHILE YOU ARE DOING
THAT, FOR THE NEW PEOPLE,
WE HAVE WHAT WE
CALL 'THE BUZZ'.

A hand-written document reads “The Buzz!”

She continues AND THE BUZZ IS A QUICK TALK.
YOU WORK WITH A PARTNER,
HOPEFULLY THE PERSON
CLOSEST TO YOU.
A LOT OF THE THINGS
WE DO ARE ORAL.
YOU CALL IN YOUR IDEAS.
REMEMBER YOUR FIRST IDEA
IS USUALLY YOUR BEST IDEA.
OKAY?
NOW, REMEMBER WE START OFF
WITH THE WRITING PROMPT.
AND WE'LL BE DOING THAT.
REMEMBER LAST WEEK, WE WERE ON
THE ROLLER COASTER, AND I WAS
GOING UPSIDE DOWN, AND I PUT
ON THAT CRAZY FRIGHT WIG.
SO I HOPE YOU
THOUGHT IT WAS FUNNY.
THE PEOPLE HERE AT TV
ONTARIO THOUGHT I WAS
PRETTY RIDICULOUS.
SO THAT'S WHAT WE DO.
WE START WITH THE
WRITING PROMPT.
IT'S A WARMUP FOR WRITING.
WE USE A VIDEO CLIP,
AND THAT'S WHAT WE DO.

A blue sheet of paper reads “Video: where, what, who. Book: setting, plot, character.” The two “oes” in “book” are two eyes.

She continues THEN WE HAVE THE
MAINFRAME OF OUR LESSON.
AND LAST WEEK WE DID SOME
WORK ON STORY GRAMMAR.
AND WE TALKED ABOUT
THE THREE W's.
WHEN YOU'RE LOOKING AT THE
VIDEO, WHEN YOU'RE SUMMING UP
A STORY, IMMEDIATELY, YOU WANT
TO ESTABLISH WHERE WE ARE,
WHAT'S HAPPENING,
AND WHO'S INVOLVED?
AND THEN WE RELATED IT TO
OUR BOOK REPORT THAT YOU ALL
ENDED UP DOING.
AND WE TRIED TO
PUT LOTS OF DETAIL.
THE WHERE BECAME SETTING WITH
DETAIL OF WHERE, WHEN, AND
THE IMPORTANT FEATURE.
WE TALKED ABOUT PLOT AND
CHARACTER, AND HOW THE
CHARACTER HAS A PROBLEM TO
OVERCOME, AND HOW TO SUMMARIZE
THE PLOT.
THEN WE TALKED ABOUT
CHARACTER, AND HOW TO IDENTIFY
THE PROBLEMS THAT THE
CHARACTERS ARE ENCOUNTERING,
AND WHAT THAT SAYS ABOUT THEIR
CHARACTER, AND HOW YOU PROVE
THAT BY GOING BACK INTO THE
STORY AND FIGURING OUT WHAT
THEY HAVE DONE, AND WHAT THEY
HAVE SAID TO PROVE THAT.
I JUST WANT TO PUT UP
SOMETHING FUN JUST BEFORE
WE GET STARTED ON OUR WARMUP.

She grabs another sheet of paper that reads “XQSSME.”

She continues AND THAT IS A LITTLE
LICENSE PLATE.
MAYBE YOU CAN FIGURE OUT
WHAT THAT IS QUICKLY.
YOU'RE VISUAL LEARNERS NOW,
WORKING WITH MISSUS UJ
ON LANGUAGE ALIVE.
SOME OF YOU MAY
HAVE FIGURED IT OUT.
AND MY LICENSE PLATE TO YOU
THIS MORNING IS EXCUSE ME,
BUT REMEMBER WE HAD A DEAL THAT
YOU WERE GOING TO BE FAXING IN
ALL YOUR STUFF, SO I
CAN GET TO KNOW YOU.
IT'S REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT
THAT I CAN SEE THE THINGS
THAT YOU ARE DOING.
SO FAX THEM IN TO ME.
SOME OF YOUR WRITING PROMPT,
AND SOME OF THE THINGS FOR
TODAY'S VIRTUAL CHALLENGE.
NOW, TODAY WE ARE GOING
TO BE WORD COLLECTORS.

A new blue sheet of paper pops up. It reads “The word collectors. Awaken the senses then they write!”

She continues AND THAT'S WHAT THE
JOB IS GOING TO BE.
REMEMBER, A PICTURE IS
WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS.
AND OUT THERE THIS MORNING IN
ALL OF OUR SCHOOLS, WE ARE
GOING TO BE COLLECTING
THOUSANDS OF WORDS, IF WE PUT
THEM ALL TOGETHER.
AND WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO
IS WAKEN THE SENSES IN OUR
WRITING, AND THEN WE ARE
GOING TO WRITE THEM DOWN.
JUST MAKES YOUR WRITING SO
MUCH RICHER AND MORE COLOURFUL.
SO TODAY'S JOB IS
WORD COLLECTORS.
AND THAT'S GOING TO BE THE
WRITING TIP FOR TODAY.
FIRST OF ALL, I'M GOING
TO PUT YOU TO THE BUZZ.

She shows a sheet of paper that reads “Buzz. When you or your friend are showing off-what’s your trick? Call in.”

She continues BECAUSE TODAY'S VIDEO CLIP IS
ALL GOING TO BE ABOUT TRICKS,
HERE'S WHAT I'D
LIKE YOU TO DO.
I WANT YOU TO BUZZ WITH YOUR
FRIENDS, AND I WANT YOU TO
QUICKLY CALL IN WHEN YOU AND
YOUR FRIENDS ARE SHOWING OFF,
WHAT'S YOUR TRICK?

She remains silent for a moment.

She continues OKAY, CALL THIS ONE IN.
OKAY, COLLEGE
AVENUE, YOU'RE THERE?
HI, WHO IS THERE?
HELLO, WHO'S THERE?
COLLEGE AVENUE?

She speaks with a spectator via a telephone conversation.

Dan says HELLO.

She says HI, WHO'S THIS?

Dan says HI, THIS IS DAN BURR.

She says HI, DAN, HOW ARE YOU?

Dan says GOOD, HOW ARE YOU?

She says I'M GREAT, THANKS.
WHAT'S YOUR TRICK WHEN
YOU ARE SHOWING OFF?

Dan says I TALK IN WEIRD VOICES.

She says THAT'S GOOD.
SO DO PEOPLE APPRECIATE THAT?

Dan says I DON'T KNOW.
YEAH, I THINK THEY LAUGH.

She says THAT'S GOOD.
SO THAT'S A GREAT ONE.
THANKS FOR CALLING IN.

Dan says WOULD YOU LIKE TO HEAR IT?

She says SURE, WHY NOT?

Dan says I CAN SAY DEEP
AND LOW VOICES.
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO HEAR?

She says HOW ABOUT THE DEEP?

Dan says THE DEEP.
Changing his voice, Dan continues HELLO.

She says THAT'S EXCELLENT.
DID YOU GET A RESPONSE THERE?
IS EVERYONE IN YOUR
CLASS LAUGHING?

Dan says YEAH.

She says OH, THAT'S GREAT.
THANKS FOR CALLING IN, DAN.
WE'VE GOT TO HEAR SOME
HEAR SOME MORE TRICKS.
OKAY, WHO'S THERE?
WE HAVE ANOTHER
CALL COMING IN.
I THINK WE'RE GOING
TO PUT DAN DOWN HERE
WHILE WE'RE WAITING.
SO DAN, HE TALKS
IN A WEIRD WAY.
OKAY, JACK MINOR,
WHO'S THERE?

Kyle says THIS IS KYLE.

She says KYLE, HI KYLE.

Kyle says HEY.

She says HOW DO YOU SPELL
YOUR NAME, KYLE?

Kyle says K-Y-L-E.

She says 'COS I'M GOING TO PUT
YOUR NAME UP ON THE SCREEN
IN JUST A SEC.
OKAY, KYLE, WHAT'S YOUR TRICK
WHEN YOU'RE SHOWING OFF
WITH YOUR FRIENDS?

Kyle says IF YOU FOLD UP A DOLLAR BILL
A CERTAIN WAY, AND YOU FLICK
IT WITH YOUR FINGER, AND
YOU OPEN IT UP AGAIN,
IT'S UPSIDE DOWN.

She says OH, WOW, THAT'S EXCELLENT.
I'M GOING TO TRY THAT OVER
THE WEEKEND WITH MY OWN KIDS.
THANKS FOR CALLING IN.
THAT'S GREAT.
OKAY, I THINK WE CAN TAKE
ONE MORE SHOWING OFF TRICK.
MY GOODNESS, WE'VE GOT
SO MANY KIDS WITH TRICKS.
YOU GUYS ARE GOING TO BE BUSY
SHOWING OFF ALL WEEKEND ON
THIS GORGEOUS LONG
WEEKEND THAT'S COMING.
OKAY, COLLEGE AVENUE,
ARE YOU THERE?

A boy says HI.

She asks WHAT'S YOUR TRICK WHEN
YOU ARE SHOWING OFF?

The boy replies OH, I JUST LIKE TO...

She says THE QUESTION WAS, WHEN YOU
ARE SHOWING OFF WITH YOUR
FRIENDS, WHAT DO
YOU LIKE TO DO?
WHAT'S YOUR TRICK?

The boy says I LIKE DOING MAGIC.

She says WHAT KIND OF MAGIC DO YOU DO?

The boy says I CAN MAKE STUFF DISAPPEAR.

She says REALLY, REALLY?
DO YOU DO IT AT BIRTHDAY
PARTIES OR SHOW YOUR FRIENDS,
OR SHOW OFF IN
THE LOCKER AREA?
WHAT DO YOU DO?

The boy says I USUALLY JUST
SHOW MY FRIENDS.

She says AND THEY REALLY LIKE IT?

The boy says YEAH.

She says THAT'S GREAT.
LISTEN, WATCH CAREFULLY
BECAUSE TODAY WE ARE GOING
TO SEE SOMETHING ELSE
ON DOING TRICKS.
SO THANKS FOR CALLING IN.

The boy says OKAY.

She says WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO NOW IS
WE ARE GOING TO MOVE ON TO
THE VIDEO.
AND IT'S ALL TO
DO WITH TRICKS.
THERE'S AN EXPRESSION THAT
SAYS YOU CAN'T TEACH AN OLD
DOG NEW TRICKS.
WELL, THIS VIDEO
PROVES YOU WRONG.
BECAUSE I CALL THIS VIDEO,
IT'S ONE OF MY FAVOURITE
LITTLE CLIPS, AND IT'S CALLED,
“YOU
CAN
TEACH AN OLD DOG
NEW TRICKS.”
WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO IS
IMMEDIATELY GET ON TO
YOUR THREE W's.
WHERE ARE WE, WHO'S
INVOLVED, WHAT'S HAPPENING?
MORE THAN THAT, TODAY, AS WORD
COLLECTORS, WE'RE GOING TO BE
LOOKING AT WATCHING
AND LISTENING.
WE WANT TO BE LOOKING AND
COLLECTING ALL THE WORDS YOU
CAN SEE AND WORDS
YOU CAN HEAR.
SO, REMEMBER, I WANT YOU
TO WATCH AND LISTEN
REALLY CAREFULLY.
OKAY, LET'S GO.

A clip plays.

A girl gives food to a dog at a dog competition. Contestants make their dogs walk by their side as the public look at them.

A song plays
I'M WALKING ON SUNSHINE
WHOA
DON'T IT FEEL GOOD?
ALL RIGHT
DON'T IT FEEL GOOD?
YEAH

The hostess says OKAY, RELAY, OLD GUY.
ONE.
HE SAID THIS IS SO MUCH FUN.
OKAY, HERE'S THE BIG THREE.
THERE'S ANOTHER ONE, RELAY.
THERE'S ANOTHER ONE.
I DON'T KNOW FOLKS,
I DON'T KNOW.
[cheering]
[applause]

A large dog picks up several tennis balls in a circuit.

The hostess continues YAY!
COME ON, RELAY,
PICK THOSE UP AGAIN.
YOU GOT TO DO A LOOP AROUND
THIS STAGE BEFORE WE'LL GIVE
YOU THE FOUR OR THE THREE.
GET THAT OTHER ONE NOW.

The female owner helps the dog by giving him instructions.

The hostess continues HEY, RELAY, LET'S HEAR
IT FOR THIS GREAT DOG!
[applause]

The dog carries three tennis balls in his mouth.

The clip ends.

Missus UJ appears wearing a Goofy hat.

She says ISN'T THAT GREAT?
IS THERE ANYTHING CUTER
THAN A GOLDEN RETRIEVER?
I'M NOT SURE I'M A GOLDEN
RETRIEVER, BUT YOU KNOW ALL
THOSE COMMERCIALS WHERE THE
PEOPLE LOOK LIKE THEIR DOGS?
ACTUALLY, I USED TO HAVE A
GOLDEN RETRIEVER, AND PEOPLE
USED TO SAY THAT I
LOOKED LIKE MY DOG.
AND NOW THAT I'M OLDER,
MAYBE I'M THE OLD DOG.
OKAY, GREAT.
OKAY, BRAD, YOU'RE THERE?

Brad says YEAH.

She says HI, BRAD, HOW ARE YOU?

Brad says GOOD.

She says WERE YOU GOING TO TELL
US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT
YOUR TRICK FIRST?

Brad says NO.

She says OH, OKAY.
DID YOU HAVE A QUESTION?

Brad says NO.

She says PARDON?

Brad says THE 3 W's THING.

She says OKAY, GOOD FOR YOU.
SO WHAT WERE YOUR THREE W's?

Brad says WELL, THEY ARE
AT A DOG SHOW.

She says EXCELLENT.
WHO'S INVOLVED?

Brad says THE DOGS AND THE PEOPLE.

She says ANYONE ELSE?

Brad says THE BYSTANDERS.

She says EXCELLENT.
THE CROWD, GREAT.
AND WHAT WAS HAPPENING?

Brad says THEY'RE TEACHING THEIR DOGS'
TRICKS AND SHOWING OFF.

She says OKAY, GOOD FOR
YOU, GOOD FOR YOU.
THANKS FOR CALLING IN.
THAT WAS REALLY GOOD.
NOW, WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO,
I'M GOING TO PUT YOU TO A BUZZ
TASK, AND I WANT YOU TO
TALK WITH YOUR PARTNER,
MAKE AN ORAL LIST.
YOU DON'T HAVE TO WRITE IT
DOWN, AND AS SOON AS YOU HAVE
AS MANY WORDS AS YOU CAN, SAY
FIVE, CALL IN, AND WE'LL
LISTEN TO YOUR ORAL LIST.
WE'RE LOOKING FOR WORDS
DESCRIBING THE DOG.
WHAT ARE SOME WORDS YOU CAN
COLLECT OF THINGS THAT YOU SAW
AND THINGS THAT YOU HEARD
WHEN YOU FOCUSSED ON THE DOG.
SO LET'S DO THAT.

She grabs a new piece of paper. It reads “Oral list. Dog. What did you.” A box reads “see” and another one reads “hear.”

She continues HI, WE'VE GOT SOME
CALLERS ALREADY.
WHO'S THERE?

Ashley says ASHLEY.

She says HI, ASHLEY.
WHAT WERE SOME WORDS YOU CAME
UP WITH WITH YOUR FRIEND OF
THINGS YOU COULD SEE WHEN
YOU LOOKED AT THAT DOG?

Ashley says HE HAS A BIG MOUTH.

She says A BIG MOUTH?
HE SURE DOES.
IMAGINE PUTTING THREE
BALLS IN YOUR MOUTH?
THAT'S EXCELLENT.
OKAY, HE HAD A BIG MOUTH,
AND IT WAS VERY LARGE.
OKAY, BIG.
ANYTHING ELSE?

Ashley says SHAGGY.

She says GOOD.
A SHAGGY DOG.

A distant female voice says FLUFFY.

She says COME ON, KEEP GOING.

Ashley says HE'S A GOLDEN RETRIEVER.

She says HE IS, HE IS A
GOLDEN RETRIEVER.
GOOD FOR YOU.
AND GOLDEN IS THE
KEYWORD THERE.
ANYTHING ELSE?

Ashley says HE'S OLD.

She says VERY.
HOW DID YOU KNOW HE WAS OLD?
ANY CLUES THERE?

Ashley says BECAUSE THEY SAID HE WAS.

She says ANYTHING ELSE.
WHEN YOU WERE LOOKING
AT HIM, COULD YOU TELL?
HOW DO YOU TELL AN OLD DOG?

Ashley says 'COS HIS FACE.

She says GOOD.
ANYTHING ABOUT THE FACE?
ANYTHING ABOUT THE FACE
THAT MADE IT APPEAR OLD?

Ashley says IT HANGS DOWN.

As they speak, Mistress UJ writes Ashley’s answers inside the “see” box.
She says THAT'S RIGHT.
SORT OF LIKE OLD
PEOPLE, RIGHT?
ANYTHING ELSE?
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN
PEOPLE GET OLD?
WHAT HAPPENS TO OUR HAIR?

Ashley says IT GETS GREY.

She says THAT'S RIGHT.
SO THE COLOUR CHANGES, GOOD.
WHAT ABOUT THINGS
THAT YOU HEARD?
OKAY, WE'RE GOING TO MOVE ON.
WE'VE GOT SO MANY CALLERS.
THANKS FOR CALLING IN.
LET'S SEE IF WE CAN
HEAR FROM SOMEONE ELSE.
OKAY, SO NOW WE'RE LOOKING
AT THINGS YOU HEARD WHEN YOU
WERE LOOKING AT THE DOG.
OKAY.
AND, REMEMBER, WE'RE LOOKING
FOR, YOU KNOW, SENSORY WORDS,
RICH WORDS.
SEE IF WE CAN ADD ON THERE.
OKAY, WE HAVE SOMEONE
FROM JACK MINOR.
HI, WHO'S THERE?

Michelle says HI.

She says HI, WHO'S THERE?

Michelle says MICHELLE.

She says HI, MICHELLE.
Michelle says WHAT THINGS DID YOU HEAR WHEN
YOU WERE LOOKING AT THAT DOG?

Michelle says WE HEARD THE
AUDIENCE LAUGHING.

She says GOOD, GOOD.
OKAY, THERE WAS
LOTS OF LAUGHING.
WHY DO YOU THINK
THEY WERE LAUGHING?

Michelle says BECAUSE THE DOG WAS
DOING A FUNNY TRICK.

She says IT SURE WAS A FUNNY
TRICK, WASN'T IT?
DID YOU HEAR ANYTHING ELSE?

Michelle says WE HEARD OTHER DOGS BARKING.

She says OKAY, GOOD.

Michelle says AND PEOPLE TALKING
TO THE DOGS.

She says GOOD, GOOD.
OKAY, YOU GUYS WERE BUSY.
YOU'RE BECOMING GOOD VISUAL
LEARNERS AND AUDITORY
LEARNERS, AND THAT'S
WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT.
GREAT.
THANKS FOR CALLING IN.
BYE.
NOW, WE'RE GOING TO
GO ONE STEP FURTHER.
WE'RE NOW GOING TO TAKE THE
FOCUS OFF THE DOG, AND I WANT
YOU TO FOCUS ON THE OWNERS.
JUST LOOK AT THE OWNERS.
WE'RE GOING TO SEE
THE CLIP AGAIN.
AND I WANT YOU TO LOOK FOR AS
MANY WORDS AS YOU CAN COME UP
WITH OF WHAT THE OWNERS LOOKED
LIKE, AND WHAT YOU HEARD WHEN
YOU WERE LOOKING
AT THOSE OWNERS.
LET'S LOOK AT IT
ONE MORE TIME.

A blue sheet of paper pops up. It reads “Owners. Describe what you saw. What you heard.”

The clip plays again.

The song plays
I'M WALKING ON SUNSHINE
WHOA WHOA
AND DON'T IT FEEL GOOD?
ALL RIGHT NOW
DON'T IT FEEL GOOD?

The hostess says OKAY, RELAY, OLD GUY.
ONE.
HE SAID THIS IS SO MUCH FUN.
OKAY, HERE'S THE BIG THREE.
THERE'S ANOTHER ONE, RELAY.
THERE'S ANOTHER ONE.
I DON'T KNOW FOLKS,
I DON'T KNOW.
[cheering]
[applause]

A large dog picks up several tennis balls in a circuit.

The hostess continues YAY!
COME ON, RELAY,
PICK THOSE UP AGAIN.
YOU GOT TO DO A LOOP AROUND
THIS STAGE BEFORE WE'LL GIVE
YOU THE FOUR OR THE THREE.
GET THAT OTHER ONE NOW.

The female owner helps the dog by giving him instructions.

The hostess continues HEY, RELAY, LET'S HEAR
IT FOR THIS GREAT DOG!
[applause]

The dog carries three tennis balls in his mouth.

The clip ends.

Missus UJ says WASN'T THAT GREAT?
NOW, WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO
IS I'M GOING TO GIVE YOU
YOUR WRITING PROMPT.
SO I'D LIKE YOU ALL TO TAKE
OUT YOUR AGENDAS, AND I WANT
YOU TO LOOK AT WHERE YOU CAN
COPY DOWN THE WRITING PROMPT.
SO LET'S TAKE A LOOK THERE.
WE DON'T HAVE A CHANCE FOR
YOU TO DO IT RIGHT NOW,
BUT I WANT YOU
TO COPY IT DOWN.
YOU CAN FAX ME IN SOME OF
THESE FABULOUS LISTS, AND
THAT'S GOING TO BE PART OF
YOUR VIRTUAL CHALLENGE.
SO YOU WILL MAKE HUGE
LISTS OF ALL THE THINGS YOU
SAW AND ALL THE THINGS YOU
HEARD WHEN YOU WERE LOOKING
AT THE OWNERS.
SO ON YOUR AGENDA, YOU'RE
COPYING DOWN, SEE IF YOU CAN
COME UP WITH 10-20 WORDS
THAT DESCRIBE THE OWNERS.

She grabs a piece of paper that reads “Theme. Writing prompt: 10-20 words describing owners.”

She continues OKAY, SO WHILE YOU GET THAT
DOWN, TALK JUST A LITTLE BIT
ABOUT WHEN YOU ARE IN GRADE
SIX, SEVEN AND EIGHT,
WHAT SHOULD BE YOUR NEW BEST
FRIEND, EVEN THOUGH A DOG CAN
BE YOUR BEST FRIEND, ANOTHER
BEST FRIEND YOU SHOULD HAVE IS
YOUR THESAURUS.

She shows a small yellow dictionary and continues
AND I KNOW A LOT OF
YOU USE THESE A LOT.
AND WHEN YOU'VE GOT WORDS SUCH
AS, IF YOU THINK THE AUDIENCE
WAS LOUD, THEN WHAT YOU WANT
TO DO IF YOU WANT TO MAKE EVEN
RICHER WORDS AND BETTER WORDS,
LOOK UP THE ROOT WORD IN THE
THESAURUS, AND SEE IF YOU
CAN FIND EVEN BETTER WORDS.
KEEP BUILDING, BUILDING,
BUILDING, BUILDING.
YOUR THESAURUS AND THE DOG
ARE YOU NEW BEST FRIEND.
WE'RE GOING TO MOVE ON FROM
THE WRITING PROMPT NOW, AND
WE'RE GOING TO GO ON TO THE
MAINFRAME OF THE LESSON.
AND IF YOU COULD
COMMUNICATE ONLY IN LISTS,
THAT WOULD BE ONE THING.
BUT AS I'M COMMUNICATING
AND TALKING TO YOU,
I'M TALKING TO
YOU IN SENTENCES.
SO WE'RE GOING TO DO
SOMETHING CALLED EXPANSION
OF SENTENCES.
LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT A SIMPLE
SENTENCE THAT I HAVE, AND AS
WORD COLLECTORS THIS MORNING
IN YOUR BUZZ GROUPS AND WITH
YOUR PARTNERS, YOU'RE GOING
TO ADD SOME REALLY RICH AND
WONDERFUL VOCABULARY TO
THIS VERY SIMPLE BORING
LITTLE SENTENCE.
OKAY, HERE IT IS.

A blue sheet of paper appears. It reads “The bird sat on the branch.”

She continues WE KNOW IT IS A SENTENCE
BECAUSE IT HAS THE TWO PARTS.
WE HAVE THE SUBJECT, THE BIRD.
WHAT WAS THE BIRD DOING?
HERE'S THE PREDICATE.
IT SAT ON THE BENCH,
OR ON THE BRANCH.
OKAY?
SO WE HAVE A SINGLE SIMPLE
SUBJECT, WHICH IS THE NOUN,
AND WE HAVE A VERB.
NOW REMEMBER, THE NOUN TELLS
YOU WHO OR WHAT THE SUBJECT IS
ABOUT, AND THE VERB TELLS YOU
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT THE
SUBJECT IS DOING.
SO YOU NEED A NOUN AND A
VERB TO MAKE A SENTENCE.
SO HERE WE'VE GOT A SENTENCE.
THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH IT.
IT'S ACTUALLY VERY GOOD.
IT BEGINS WITH A CAPITAL, IT
ENDS WITH A PERIOD, IT'S GOT
EVERYTHING THERE, BUT
IT'S PRETTY BORING.
SO WHAT I WANT YOU TO DO IS I
WANT YOU, AS WORD COLLECTORS
THIS MORNING, TO BE COLLECTING
WORDS THAT DESCRIBE NOUNS, OKAY?
SO WE'RE LOOKING
FOR ADJECTIVES.
SO BIRD AND BRANCH
BEING ADJECTIVES.
IF YOU CAN COME UP WITH AN
ADJECTIVE TO DESCRIBE THE
BIRD, OR MODIFY THE BIRD.
IF YOU CAN COME UP WITH
ANOTHER ADJECTIVE TO DESCRIBE
SOMETHING ABOUT THE BRANCH.
AND ALSO, WE'RE LOOKING
FOR ADVERBS, OKAY?
AND REMEMBER, ADVERBS
ANSWER, HOW, WHEN, WHERE?
AND THE NEAT THING ABOUT
ADVERBS IS THEY DON'T HAVE TO
GO RIGHT BESIDE THE VERBS.
YOU CAN MAKE A FABULOUS
SENTENCE BY TAKING THAT ADVERB
AND PUTTING IT SOMEWHERE
ELSE BECAUSE YOU MIGHT HAVE
YESTERDAY OR SUDDENLY.
IT DOESN'T HAVE TO
SIT NEAR THE VERB.
OKAY, SO I'M GOING
TO PUT YOU TO TASK.
I'M GOING TO TAKE AS
MANY CALLS AS I CAN.
WE CAN ALMOST DO A
CUMULATIVE SENTENCE.
SOMEONE MIGHT CALL IN A NOUN,
AND SOMEONE MIGHT CALL IN AN
ADVERB, AND WE'LL KEEP
BUILDING UNTIL WE GET A
SENTENCE THAT'S
ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL.
SO I'M GOING TO
PUT YOU TO TASK.
WHEN YOU'VE GOT SOME
ADJECTIVES AND ADVERBS,
CALL IN, AND WE'LL
LIST THEM UP HERE
AND MAKE A GREAT SENTENCE.
OKAY, LET'S GO.

Jessica says HELLO?

She says HI, SO WE HAVE A FIRST
CALLER WITH SOME GREAT WORDS.
OKAY, WHO'S THERE?
HELLO?

Jessica says HELLO?

She says WHO'S THERE?

Jessica says SORRY ABOUT THE
HIGH-PITCHED NOISE.

She says I KNOW, IT DOES HURT.
WHAT IS YOUR NAME?

Jessica says JESSICA.

She says JESSICA, HAVE YOU GOT
SOME WORDS TO CONTRIBUTE
TO THE SENTENCE?

Jessica says YEAH, I DID THE
WHOLE SENTENCE.

She says OH, GREAT.
OKAY, WHAT HAVE YOU GOT?

Jessica says THE OLD UGLY BIRD SAT NOISILY
ON THE THIN, BREAKING BRANCH.

She says SORRY, SAT NICELY?

Jessica says SAT NOISILY.

She says NOISILY, OKAY.

Jessica says NICELY WORKS, TOO.

She says NOISILY ON THE...?

Jessica says THIN, BREAKING BRANCH.

She writes Jessica’s words in the paper.

She says BREAKING, OH, THAT'S GREAT.
THAT'S A WONDERFUL SENTENCE.
SEE HOW COLOURFUL THAT IS?
GREAT.
THANKS FOR CALLING IN.
OKAY, WE'RE GOING TO TAKE SOME
MORE CALLS ON THIS SENTENCE.
ISN'T IT AMAZING WHAT CAN
HAPPEN WHEN YOU ADD A FEW WORDS?
OKAY, WORD COLLECTORS, LET'S
SEE WHAT ELSE WE CAN DO?
HI, WHO'S THERE?

Terry says TERRY.

She says HI, TERRY.
DID YOU ADD ON TO
THE WORDS WE HAVE?
OR HAVE YOU MADE A WHOLE
NEW SENTENCE OF YOUR OWN?

Terry says I CAN ADD ON TO THE BOARD.

She says OH, GREAT.
HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING WITH
ADJECTIVES AND ADVERBS
THIS YEAR?

Terry says NO.

She says OKAY, WELL, WE'RE
DOING IT TODAY.
SO LET'S SEE HOW YOU DO.
WHAT'S YOUR SENTENCE?

Terry says THE DARK OLD BIRD SAT
ON THE OLD WEAK BRANCH.

She says THE DARK OLD BIRD SAT --
CAN YOU GIVE ME A WORD ON
HOW, WHEN, OR WHERE WE SAT.
THAT WOULD BE AN ADVERB.

Terry says PEACEFULLY.

She says THERE'S A GOOD ONE.
THEY DO SIT
PEACEFULLY SOMETIMES.
EXCEPT THOSE CROWS IN THE
MORNING AREN'T TOO PEACEFUL.
OKAY, ON THE WHAT
KIND OF BRANCH?

Terry says WEAK BRANCH.

She says ON THE WEAK BRANCH.
OKAY, THE THIN, BREAKING
AND WEAK BRANCH.
GREAT.
THANKS FOR CALLING IN.
THAT'S A GREAT SENTENCE.
OKAY, I THINK WE HAVE TIME
TO PERHAPS TAKE ONE MORE.
ELGIN AVENUE, ARE YOU THERE?

Stewart says YES.

She says OKAY, WHAT'S YOUR NAME?

Stewart says STEWART.

She says OKAY, STEWART, LET'S SEE HOW
YOUR ADJECTIVES AND ADVERBS
MAKE THIS SENTENCE WONDERFUL.

Stewart says OKAY, THE FEATHERED BIRD
SAT PATIENTLY ON THE OLD,
CROOKED BRANCH.

She says OH, THAT'S AN
EXCELLENT SENTENCE.
THANKS FOR CALLING THAT IN.
THAT WAS WONDERFUL.
YOU SEE?
ADJECTIVES AND ADVERBS,
YOU MAY NOT HAVE KNOWN.
HE MAY NOT HAVE KNOWN WHAT IT
WAS CALLED, BUT HE SURE KNEW
HOW TO USE ADJECTIVES AND
ADVERBS, AND THAT'S THE MOST
IMPORTANT PART OF DOING THAT.
OKAY, WE'RE GOING TO JUST
DO ONE MORE SENTENCE.
AND I'M GOING TO PUT
YOU TO A BUZZ GROUP.
AND WHEN YOU AND YOUR PARTNER
HAVE A FABULOUS SENTENCE
THAT'S COLOURFUL, AND IT
HAS LOTS OF ADJECTIVES AND
ADVERBS, CALL IT IN.
LET'S GO.
THE STREET WAS
CROWDED WITH CARS.
SEE IF WE CAN FIND SOME PEOPLE
THAT CAN TAKE THE ADVERB THAT
DESCRIBES HOW, WHEN AND WHERE
IT WAS CROWDED, AND MAYBE PUT
IT SOMEWHERE ELSE
IN THE SENTENCE.
THAT KIND OF GIVES
SENTENCE VARIETY.
AND WE DON'T ALWAYS WANT THE
SUBJECT TO BE AT THE BEGINNING.
THAT'S BORING.
AND CERTAINLY IN OUR NEW
MINISTRY GUIDELINE, SENTENCE
VARIETY IS SOMETHING WE'RE
REALLY GOING TO BE LOOKING FOR.
SO LET'S PLAY WITH THAT IDEA AND
SEE WHAT YOU CAN COME UP WITH.
SO THE STREET WAS
CROWDED WITH CARS.
OKAY, ADDING ON, EXPANDING,
SENTENCE EXPANSION, LET'S GO.
WE'VE GOT SOME STUDENTS
LOOKING ALREADY.

The new sheet of paper reads “The street was crowded with cars! Partner.”

After a while, she continues OKAY, I'M GOING TO LEAVE
THAT SENTENCE WITH YOU.
AND WHEN YOU ARE THINKING
ABOUT THINGS YOU WANT TO FAX
INTO ME, THERE WOULD BE --
I WOULD LOVE TO SEE SOME OF
THOSE SENTENCES THAT YOU HAVE
DONE WITH THE FIRST PART OF
THE MAINFRAME, WHICH
IS SENTENCE EXPANSION.
SO DON'T FORGET, DIGGING
DEEPLY FOR WONDERFUL
ADJECTIVES AND ADVERBS.
DON'T FORGET THAT NEW
BEST FRIEND OF YOURS, THE
THESAURUS, IF YOU WANT TO
THINK SOMETHING IS QUIET,
BUT YOU DON'T WANT TO USE THAT
WORD BECAUSE YOU'VE USED IT
FOR YEARS, REMEMBER, LOOK UP
NEW ONES AND COLLECT, COLLECT.
THAT'S WHAT THIS
IS ALL ABOUT.
WE'RE GOING TO PLAY SOMETHING
I CALL DANCE OF THE BOXES.
AND THIS IS A WONDERFUL WAY
TO GET YOUR WRITING GOING.
IT'S A GREAT WRITING TIP.
YOU CAN USE IT FOR
LOTS OF THINGS.
BUT THIS MORNING WE'RE GOING
TO USE MY DANCE OF THE BOXES
IDEA FOR WORD COLLECTING
AND VOCABULARY BUILDING.
LET ME JUST SHOW
YOU HOW IT WORKS.

A new sheet of paper pops up. It shows three boxes, one at the top that reads “1,” one on the left that reads “2” and the one on the right that reads “3.”

She continues NOW, FIRST OF ALL, I HAVE SENT
OUT SOME GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS
OR SOME CONCEPT BUILDERS THAT
LOOK SOMETHING LIKE THIS,
ALTHOUGH THERE ARE MORE BOXES.
HOPEFULLY YOUR TEACHER
HAS RUN SOME OFF.
BUT IF SHE HASN'T OR HE
HASN'T, THEN WHAT YOU CAN DO IS
QUICKLY JUST MAKE THESE
BOXES BECAUSE THEY ARE VERY,
VERY SIMPLE TO DO.
THIS IS HOW IT WORKS.
YOU START OFF WITH A WORD.
AND MY FIRST WORD, LET'S
JUST SAY IS
CAT, OKAY.
GREAT, OKAY.

She writes the word “cat” in the box at the top.

She continues SO WE HAVE THE WORD CAT, AND
YOU GO TO THE LEFT SIDE FIRST
AND SAY WHAT IS THE FIRST
THING THAT COMES TO MY MIND
WHEN I THINK OF CAT?
SO, FOR ME, WHAT I
THINK OF IS ALLERGIES.
OKAY.
THEN YOU COVER YOUR LEFT SIDE,
AND YOU LOOK AT THE RIGHT SIDE.
NOW, WHEN I THINK OF CAT, THE
NEXT THING WHEN I THINK OF
CAT IS I THINK OF FRIEND.
OKAY?
NOW, COVER THE TOP BOX, NOW
YOU ARE GOING TO MAKE A NEW
BOX AT THE BOTTOM.
NOW I'M GOING TO
PUT THESE TOGETHER.
WHEN I THINK OF ALLERGIES,
AND I THINK OF MY FRIEND,
THE FIRST THING THAT MAKES
ME THINK OF IS ASTHMA.
NOW, WHAT'S NEAT ABOUT THIS
IS, FIRST OF ALL, YOU STARTED
WITH A VERY SIMPLE IDEA,
AND NOW YOU'VE EXPANDED AND
YOU'VE COME UP
WITH LOTS OF IDEAS.
AND YOU CAN PUT IT TOGETHER IN
A LITTLE ORAL STORY, AND YOU
DIDN'T EVEN KNOW UNTIL YOU
STARTED PLAYING WITH THE BOXES
THAT THESE WERE THE THINGS
YOU WERE THINKING OF.
SO IT'S BUILDING AND
COLLECTING IDEAS AND WORDS.
SO I COULD PUT THIS
TOGETHER IN A LITTLE STORY.
YOU KNOW, I LOVE HAVING A CAT.
BUT THE ONLY THING ABOUT
HAVING A CAT IS THAT IT REALLY
BRINGS MY ALLERGIES ON.
NOW, MY CAT IS MY BEST FRIEND,
BUT UNFORTUNATELY, WHEN MY
ALLERGIES GET TOO BAD, MY
ASTHMA REALLY ACTS UP.
OKAY?
SO YOU CAN SEE HOW BUILDING
THE BOXES, HOW THAT WORKS.
SO FOR EXAMPLE, LET'S DO ONE
MORE AND I'LL SHOW YOU HOW
I'VE PLAYED WITH
THE WORD MUSIC.

She pulls out another sheet of paper with four boxes, one at the top that read “Music,” two in the middle that read “Friends” and “Dancing,” and the last one at the bottom that reads “Gym.” Two lines go down from the top box to the ones in the middle and from each one of them a line goes down to the box at the bottom.

She continues
MAYBE THIS IS MORE
OF INTEREST TO YOU.
OKAY, FIRST OF ALL,
YOU MIGHT THINK, MUSIC.
THE FIRST THING I THINK OF
WHEN I THINK OF MUSIC IS
I THINK OF MY FRIENDS.
THE SECOND THING I THINK OF
WHEN I THINK OF MUSIC IS
IT MAKES ME THINK OF DANCING.
NOW, WHEN I THINK OF MY
FRIENDS, AND I THINK OF
DANCING, I THINK OF GOING
TO THE GYM AND HAVING GREAT
DANCES AFTER SCHOOL.
SO BY PLAYING WITH THE BOXES,
WHAT YOU DO IS YOU THINK OF --
YOU CAN CREATE
AN ORAL STORY.
SO WHAT WE'RE DOING IS WE'RE
TAKING WORDS AND WE'RE
EXPANDING THEM INTO
WONDERFUL, RICH SENTENCES.
NOW, I'M GOING TO PUT YOU TO
TASK, AND GET OUT YOUR CONCEPT
BUILDERS IF YOU HAVE ONE.
IF YOU HAVEN'T, QUICKLY MAKE
YOUR FOUR BOXES THE WAY THEY
ARE, AND WE'LL START
WITH COLOUR, OKAY?

She grabs another blue piece of paper with the four boxes. The top one reads “Green.” The rest of the boxes are empty.

She continues WE'RE GOING TO START WITH A
COLOUR, AND THE COLOUR IS GREEN.
WHAT I WANT YOU TO DO IS LEFT
SIDE, RIGHT SIDE, REMEMBER,
COVER THE TOP, AND WHEN YOU
THINK OF THOSE TWO BOXES,
WHAT DO THOSE TWO THINGS
MAKE YOU THINK OF?
OKAY, SO GET YOUR CONCEPT
BUILDERS OUT AND GET STARTED.

She remains silent for a while.

She continues HI, I'M GOING TO GIVE
YOU ANOTHER 45 SECONDS
TO FINISH THIS.
IF YOU WANT TO CALL IN, MAKE
SURE THAT YOUR FACILITATORS
CALL THE HELP DESK IN
THEIR CLASSROOM, OKAY?
OKAY, NOW YOU'VE HAD SOME
CHANCE TO PULL OUT ALL SORTS
OF SINGLE WORDS USING THE
WORD GREEN, LEFT, RIGHT,
AND THEN THE BOTTOM RESPONSE.
AND I'M SURE WE'VE GOT LOTS
OF FABULOUS WORDS COMING.
NOW, WE'RE GOING TO GO ONE
STEP FURTHER AND WE ARE GOING
TO MOVE INTO WHAT
I CALL WORD CHUNKS.
LET ME SHOW YOU
HOW THIS WORKS.

A sheet of paper reads “Word chunks.” It shows four boxes with phrases written in them.

She continues FIRST OF ALL, THIS IS
SOMETHING THAT IS A STORY
THAT I COULD PUT TOGETHER
BECAUSE ON MY MARCH BREAK
I WENT TO ARIZONA, AND I WAS
IN THE MOUNTAINS IN SEDONA.
SO I'M GOING TO USE CHUNKS
OF WORDS, WHICH ARE PHRASES,
GROUPS OF WORDS.
THIS IS ANOTHER
WAY OF BUILDING ON.
SO WHEN I THINK OF WHEN
I WENT ON MY TRIP ON THE
MOUNTAIN, AND I WOULD WALK IN
THE MORNINGS ON THE MOUNTAIN,
I FOUND WALKING ON THE ROCKY
LEDGES AND SO ON, THAT IT WAS
VERY ROCKY AND DRY.
AND ALSO, WHEN I WAS ON THE
MOUNTAIN, I SAW LOTS OF
THISTLE AND CACTI.
COVERING THE TOP.
WHEN IT WAS ROCKY AND DRY,
AND THE THISTLE AND CACTUS,
THIS REALLY MADE ME THINK
OF BEING IN THE DESERT.
SO YOU CAN SEE, MAKING AN ORAL
STORY, AND WHEN THINGS GET
BACK IN ORDER HERE, I'D LIKE
YOU TO CALL IN SOME OF THESE
ORAL STORIES.
NOW, WHAT I WOULD LIKE YOU TO
DO RIGHT NOW IS I'M GOING TO
GIVE YOU AN OPPORTUNITY TO
WORK WITH YOUR PARTNER, OR BY
YOURSELF, AND WHAT YOU ARE
GOING TO DO NOW IS YOU ARE
GOING TO DO THE DANCE OF THE
BOXES, THE CONCEPT BUILDING,

She grabs a new piece of paper with the four boxes. The box at the top reads “In the cave.”

She continues
AND START WITH THE CHUNK
OF WORDS, OR THE PHRASE,
IN THE CAVE.
SO REMEMBER, LEFT SIDE, WHAT
DID IT MAKE YOU THINK OF,
RIGHT SIDE, WHAT DOES IT MAKE
YOU THINK OF, AND WHEN YOU
COVER IN THE CAVE, WHAT
DO THOSE TWO BOXES
MAKE YOU THINK OF?
OKAY, I'LL GIVE YOU A COUPLE
OF MOMENTS TO DO THAT.
OKAY, WE'VE GOT SOME
CALLERS ALREADY WORKING
WITH WORD CHUNKS.
WHO IS THERE?

A woman says WE'RE FROM OSBORNE.

She says HI.
WHO AM I SPEAKING TO?

The woman says WELL, I'LL GIVE
YOU THE STUDENT.
AND SHE HAS THE GREEN.

Missus UJ SAYS GREAT.
OKAY, PERFECT.
WE'LL JUST STEP
BACK FOR A MOMENT.

Kristen says HELLO?

She says HI, WHO'S THERE?

Kristen says KRISTEN.

She says HI, KRISTEN.
OKAY, GIVE ME YOUR
SINGLE WORDS ON GREEN.

Kristen says GRASS.

She says GRASS.
GOOD.
MAKES YOU THINK.
GOOD.
AND WHEN YOU THINK OF GRASS
AND SUMMER, WHAT DO THOSE TWO
WORDS MAKE YOU THINK OF?

Kristen says GAMES.

She writes Kristen’s answers in the boxes.

She says GOOD.
NOW, WHAT I'D LIKE YOU TO DO
RIGHT NOW, I'D LIKE YOU TO
TAKE THOSE WORDS THAT YOU
USED, AND I'D LIKE YOU TO GIVE
ME A LITTLE ORAL STORY.
SEE IF YOU CAN EXPAND THEM
INTO SENTENCES FOR ME.

Kristen says OKAY.
IN THE SUMMERTIME, WE
PLAY GAMES ON THE GRASS.

She says GREAT.
GREAT.
AND CAN YOU
USE GREEN ALSO?

Kristen says WE PLAY ON THE GREEN GRASS.

She says GREAT.
OKAY, SO YOU CAN SEE JUST
HOW COLLECTING THOSE BOXES,
HOW WELL THAT WORKS.
THANKS FOR CALLING IN.
OKAY, NOW, WHAT WE ARE GOING
TO BE DOING IS WE'RE GOING TO
MOVE ON TO IN THE CAVE.
AND I'M GOING TO GIVE YOU A
COUPLE OF MOMENTS TO DO THAT,
AND HOPEFULLY WE HAVE SOME
STUDENTS THAT WILL BE ABLE TO
CALL IN WITH THAT ONE.
SO I'LL GIVE YOU A
COUPLE OF MOMENTS.
HI, WHO'S THERE?

Molly says IT'S MOLLY.

She says HI, MOLLY.
HAVE YOU GOT A DANCE
OF THE BOXES FOR ME?

Molly says YEAH.

She says HAVE YOU GOT IN THE CAVE?
THE WORD CHUNKS.
OKAY, LET'S GO, MOLLY,
WHAT HAVE YOU GOT?

Molly says WET AND SLIMY.

She says OH, THOSE ARE GOOD.
OKAY.

Molly says AND DARK AND COLD.

She says GOOD.
AND WHEN YOU THINK OF WET AND
SLIMY AND DARK AND COLD, WHAT
DOES THAT MAKE YOU THINK OF?
HAVE YOU GOT YOUR BOTTOM BOX?

Molly says IN THE SEWER.

She says OKAY.
NOW, WHAT I WANT YOU TO DO IS
I WANT YOU TO USE ALL THOSE
WORDS AND SEE IF YOU CAN PULL
THEM TOGETHER INTO A LITTLE
STORY FOR ME.
I ALMOST SAID A SEWER FOR ME.

She laughs.

Molly says OKAY.
I WAS WALKING THROUGH THE
SEWER, IT WAS REALLY WET AND
SLIMY, AND DARK AND COLD.
AND I ENDED UP IN THE CAVE.

She says EXCELLENT.
VERY WELL DONE.
WELL DONE.
THAT WAS GOOD.
NOW, WE'RE GOING TO GO ONE
STEP FURTHER, AND YOU CAN SEE
HOW WORKING WITH THESE BOXES,
WE'VE GOT SINGLE WORDS,
CHUNKS OF WORDS, AND NOW
WE'RE GOING TO BUILD THE
CONCEPT BUILDER SO
THERE ARE MORE BOXES.
SO LET'S LOOK AT THIS ONE.
THIS ONE IS GOING TO
BE CALLED THE BULLY.

A sheet of paper shows six boxes and reads “Single words or word chunks?” There is one box at the top, two on the left side, two on the right side and then one at the bottom. The top one reads “bully.”

She continues NOW THIS WILL BE AN
EXCELLENT WAY OF EVEN
CREATING AN ARGUMENT.
YOU KNOW, THE PROS AND
CONS OF BULLIES, AND SO ON.
NOT JUST COLLECTING WORDS FOR
A STORY, BUT THIS MIGHT BE AN
EXCELLENT WAY OF ORGANIZING
A WRITING TIP FOR PUTTING A
REPORT TOGETHER, OR SOME SORT
OF TALK OR SPEECH WOULD ALSO
BE A GOOD IDEA, TOO.
NOW I'M GOING TO GIVE YOU
JUST A COUPLE OF MOMENTS.
AND WHAT I WOULD LIKE YOU TO
DO IS TAKE THE WORD BULLY.
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ONE OF THE
CONCEPT BUILDERS THAT ARE
THIS SHAPE,
QUICKLY DRAW IT IN.
AND REMEMBER I WANT YOU TO DO
THE LEFT SIDE FIRST, THEN THE
RIGHT SIDE, AND FOR THIS ONE,
ONLY LOOK AT THE BOTTOM TWO
BOXES TO GET YOUR
PERSONAL RESPONSE HERE.
SO WHEN YOU THINK OF
THIS WORD AND THIS WORD,
WHAT DOES THAT
MAKE YOU THINK OF?
OKAY, SO LET'S TAKE A COUPLE
OF MOMENTS WITH YOUR PARTNERS,
AND LET'S WORK ON CREATING A
CONCEPT VOCABULARY BUILDER
ON THE BULLY.

After some moments, she continues HI, WHO'S THERE?

A female voice says HI, I HAVE A STUDENT, JUSTIN.

She says OKAY, JUSTIN.
HI, JUSTIN.

Justin says HELLO.

She says HAVE YOU GOT ONE OF THE BOXES
READY TO GIVE US A LITTLE
ORAL STORY?

Justin says YEAH.

She says ARE WE DOING THE
GREEN, THE CAVE?
BECAUSE I KNOW I LOST SOME
OF YOU FOR A BIT THERE.
OR DO YOU HAVE
THE BULLY ALL READY?

Justin says I HAVE THE BULLY.

She says OH, GOOD.
LET'S TAKE A LOOK
AT WHAT YOU HAVE.
LET'S DO YOUR
LEFT SIDE FIRST.

Justin says LEFT SIDE.
I HAVE MEAN.

She says GOOD.
NEXT?

Justin says TAKES MONEY.

She says SORRY, I DIDN'T
HEAR THAT ONE.

Justin says TAKES MONEY.

She says HATES MONEY.
OH, TAKES YOUR MONEY.
RIGHT IN THE LUNCH
LINE, RIGHT?
OKAY, WHAT ELSE HAPPENS?
WHEN YOU THINK OF BULLY, WHAT
DO YOU THINK ON THE RIGHT SIDE?

Justin says BEATS UP.

She says RIGHT, OKAY.

Justin says CALLS NAMES.

She says GOOD.
THAT'S PRETTY BAD, ISN'T IT?
NOW, WHEN YOU THINK OF TAKES
YOUR MONEY AND CALLS YOU
NAMES, WHAT DOES THAT
MAKE YOU THINK OF?

Justin says TROUBLEMAKER.

She writes down all of Justin’s words in the boxes.

She says GOOD.
NOW, THAT IS AN EXCELLENT
DANCE OF THE BOXES.
THANKS VERY MUCH
FOR CALLING IN.
NOW, WE CAN SEE JUST BY
PULLING OUT WITH THE
VOCABULARY BUILDER WHAT
WONDERFUL ORAL STORIES
AND THE BEGINNING OF
DEVELOPING YOUR IDEAS,
AND IT'S SUCH A
GOOD WRITING TIP.
BECAUSE YOU THINK YOU HAVEN'T
GOT AN IDEA, BUT IF YOU START
PLAYING WITH THE BOXES,
GETTING DOWN THOSE IDEAS,
PULLING THEM TOGETHER, YOU CAN
SEE YOU'VE GOT A BEGINNING,
YOU'VE GOT THE MIDDLE, THEN
YOU CAN EXPAND FROM THERE.
SO IT'S A REALLY GOOD
WAY OF GETTING STARTED.
AND YOU WERE EXCELLENT WORD
COLLECTORS THIS MORNING.
NOW, WHAT I WOULD LIKE YOU TO
DO IS TO QUICKLY TURN TO YOUR
AGENDA, AND WE ARE GOING TO
COPY DOWN WHAT SOME OF THE
THINGS ARE WE LEARNED THIS
MORNING IN THE MAINFRAME,
THEN WE ARE QUICKLY GOING
TO GET ON TO THE VIRTUAL
CHALLENGE.
SO IN THE MAIN IDEAS, THE
THINGS THAT WE DID THIS
MORNING, WE DID:

In a sheet of paper that reads “Main ideas” she writes “Sentence expansion. Adjectives + adverbs. Builder vocabulary. .”

She continues OKAY, GET THOSE THINGS DOWN
SO YOU CAN REFER TO THEM, SO
WHEN YOU ARE LOOKING FOR YOUR
WRITING TIP, YOU ARE LOOKING
AT SENTENCE EXPANSION,
ADJECTIVES AND ADVERBS AND
VOCABULARY BUILDER.
OKAY, WE HAVE ONE MORE CALL
BEFORE WE SWITCH OVER
TO THE VIRTUAL CHALLENGE.
HI, WHO IS THERE?

Shannon says THIS IS SHANNON.

She says HI, SHANNON.
DID I TALK TO
YOU LAST WEEK?

Shannon says YES, YOU DID.

She says OH, NICE TALKING
TO YOU AGAIN.
OKAY, SHANNON, WHAT DO
YOU HAVE TO CONTRIBUTE?

Shannon says WE GOT DISCONNECTED, SO
WE DON'T REALLY KNOW
WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT.

She says OH, DEAR.
DID YOU GET SOME OF
THOSE CONCEPT BUILDERS
THAT WE WERE DOING?

Shannon says NO.

She says OKAY.
SO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO IS TO
QUICKLY GET DOWN THE WORD
BULLY, GREEN, IN THE CAVE,
AND WE'RE WORKING ON BUILDING
LEFT SIDE, RIGHT SIDE, AND
THEN YOU COVER ALL THE BOXES
BUT THE BOTTOM TWO, AND YOU
PULL THOSE TOGETHER FOR AN
IDEA AT THE BOTTOM, OKAY?

Shannon says OKAY.

She says SO WE'RE DOING SINGLE WORDS,
CHUNKS, AND THE FUN THING IS
WE KEEP MAKING THESE BUILDERS
BIGGER AND BIGGER, AND THE
IDEA IS YOU GET MORE AND MORE
IDEAS, AND YOU COLLECT MORE
AND MORE.
OKAY, THANKS, SHANNON.

Shannon says WAIT.
NEVER MIND.

She says OKAY.
HELLO?

Shannon says HELLO.
I STILL HAVE A QUESTION
THOUGH, SORRY.

She says SURE.

Shannon says DOES A CERTAIN THING
GO ON THE LEFT SIDE?

She says WHAT YOU DO, THE FIRST THING
THAT COMES TO YOUR MIND WHEN
YOU THINK OF THE LEFT SIDE.
THESE ARE THE THINGS I THINK
OF FIRST WHEN I THINK OF BULLY.
WHEN YOU COVER THAT UP, BY
COVERING IT UP, MAYBE YOU CAN
THINK OF OTHER THINGS
YOU HADN'T THOUGHT OF.
SO YOU TAKE THE FOCUS OFF THE
LEFT, AND THINK ABOUT THE RIGHT.
AND WHAT YOU ARE TRYING TO DO
IS JUST KEEP BUILDING MORE
AND MORE.

Shannon says ALL RIGHT.
OKAY.

She says THANKS FOR CALLING IN.
NOW, WE HAVE THREE VIRTUAL
CHALLENGES, AND WE'RE ALMOST
TIME TO WRAP UP.
SO WHAT I'D LIKE TO DO IS
I'D LIKE TO GO OVER THEM
VERY CAREFULLY.
NOW, WHAT WE WANT TO DO
IS TO DO ONE OF THE VIRTUAL
CHALLENGES, BUT I'M SURE YOU
ARE GOING TO LIKE THEM SO
MUCH THAT HOPEFULLY, SOME OF
YOU WILL BE THE SUPERSTAR,
AND YOU WILL WANT
TO DO ALL THREE.
SO LET'S TAKE A LOOK
AT THE CHALLENGES.
OKAY, HERE IS THE FIRST
VIRTUAL CHALLENGE.

A slate shows a diagram with ten boxes. A caption reads “Number 1.”

She continues NOW, WE'VE GONE FROM FOUR
BOXES TO SIX BOXES, AND LOOK
HOW MANY BOXES WE HAVE NOW.
SO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO IS YOU
HAVE TO THINK ABOUT A WORD
THAT YOU CAN PUT
IN THE TOP BOX.
AND LOOK AT ALL THE WORD
COLLECTING AND BUILDING YOU
CAN DO THERE.
NOW, YOUR TEACHER SHOULD
HAVE COPIES OF THESE.
YOU CAN RUN THESE OFF.
YOU MIGHT START WITH SOMETHING
LIKE A CAREER, OR SOMETHING,
SO YOU CAN BUILD IT ON.
SO THERE IS VIRTUAL
CHALLENGE NUMBER ONE.
ISN'T THAT GREAT?
NOW, REMEMBER THE DOG SHOW?

The slate changes to “Number 2. The dog show.”

She continues AND WITH THE DOG SHOW, WE HAD,
YOU COULD CREATE A WONDERFUL
STORY WITH THAT.
YOU KNOW, YOU COULD BE THE
DOG, YOU COULD INCLUDE
THE THOUGHTS OF THE
DOGS, AND SO ON.
BUT LOOK AT THIS.

Now, the word “dog” appears crossed out and the words “worm, ostrich, bird, alligator” float around.

She continues WE CAN CREATE
FABULOUS STORIES.
WE CAN MAKE FABULOUS STORIES
WITH THE WORM SHOW, THE
OSTRICH SHOW, THE BIRD
SHOW, THE ALLIGATOR SHOW.
SO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO IS YOU
CAN TAKE ANY OF THE CONCEPT OF
TRICKS AND SHOWING OFF TODAY
AND CREATE A WONDERFUL STORY.
NOW, DON'T FORGET ALL THE
THINGS YOU'VE LEARNED ABOUT
STORY GRAMMAR AND, YOU KNOW,
RICH, RICH, RICH, RICH LANGUAGE.
OKAY, HERE'S THE NEXT ONE.

The slate changes to “Number 3. Use your list of words from the writing prompt… thing of something creative to do with them.”

She continues
SO YOU MIGHT HAVE A DIALOGUE,
THERE'S ALL KINDS OF THINGS
THAT YOU CAN DO WITH THAT.
SO REMEMBER TO FAX
THOSE THINGS INTO ME.
AND LET'S JUST
TAKE A LOOK HERE.
OKAY, SO HERE'S
MY FAX NUMBER.

A blue sheet of paper pops up. It reads “Fax: 416-484-2609 c-o Missus Usher-Jones. 1 Story. 2. Vocabulary builder. 3. Word lists.”

She continues FAX ME IN SOME OF THE THINGS
SO I CAN SHOWCASE THEM FOR YOU.
AND ON THE VIRTUAL CHALLENGE,
THERE ARE YOUR THREE
OPPORTUNITIES:
GET THEM COPIED
DOWN ON YOUR AGENDA.
OKAY, NOW THAT'S REALLY
ALL THE TIME WE HAVE,
BUT I'M VERY HAPPY TO STAY.
I KNOW WE HAD SOME PHONE
PROBLEMS THIS MORNING, AND
UNFORTUNATELY YOU DIDN'T
GET TO CALL IN WITH ALL
YOUR FABULOUS WORD
COLLECTING IDEAS.
SO IF YOU'D LIKE TO STAY, AND
YOUR TEACHER WOULD ALLOW YOU,
AND YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE SOME
OF THE THINGS YOU'VE DONE,
I'D BE VERY HAPPY TO TALK
TO ANY OF YOU THIS MORNING.
OKAY?
OKAY, HI, WHO'S THERE?

Mallory says MALLORY McGOWAN.

She says HI, HOW ARE YOU?

Mallory says GOOD.

She says GREAT.
DID YOU HAVE A QUESTION, OR
YOU WANTED TO CONTRIBUTE
ONE OF YOUR BOXES EXERCISES?

Mallory says I HAD THAT THING
FOR THE BULLY.

She says SURE.
LET'S TAKE A LOOK
AT WHAT WE HAD.
AND YOU CAN ADD ON TO
THE ONE THAT'S THERE.
WHAT DID YOU HAVE?

Mallory says I HAVE MEAN.
[feedback squealing]

She says GETTING FUNNY
NOISES THIS MORNING.
KEEP GOING.
WHAT WAS YOUR LEFT SIDE?

Mallory says MEAN.

She says GOOD.

Mallory says TOUGH.

She says THERE'S A GOOD ONE.
OKAY, RIGHT SIDE?

Mallory says SELFISH.

She says GOOD.
AND ANOTHER ONE?

Mallory says STRONG.

She says OH, GOOD.
AND WHEN YOU THINK OF TOUGH
AND STRONG, WHAT DOES
THAT MAKE YOU THINK OF?

Mallory says UGLY.

Missus UJ writes Mallory’s words in a piece of paper showing six boxes.

She says OKAY, OKAY.
NOW, JUST GO ONE STEP FURTHER.
WHAT WE WERE TRYING TO DO THIS
MORNING, ALTHOUGH I LOST SOME
OF YOU ON THE PHONES, TAKE
THAT, COULD YOU TAKE THAT AND
GIVE ME A QUICK LITTLE ORAL
STORY THAT EVENTUALLY YOU
COULD PUT INTO A
WONDERFUL WRITTEN STORY?
SEE IF YOU CAN DO IT.
TAKE THOSE WORDS
AND EXPAND THEM.
THAT'S WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT.

Mallory says OKAY, THE UGLY BULLY IS MEAN
AND TOUGH AND... STRONG
AND SELFISH.

She says OKAY.
NOW, WHAT YOU HAVE TO
DO IS DIVIDE THOSE.
THAT'S SORT OF LIKE A
RAMBLING SENTENCE, ISN'T IT?
YOU COULD DIVIDE IT AND
PUT PERHAPS THIS AS BEING ONE
SENTENCE, THIS IS THE OTHER,
AND THIS IS HOW IT MAKES
YOU FEEL.
DON'T FORGET, IF YOU WANT TO
IMPROVE SOME OF THOSE WORDS,
YOU COULD LOOK UP IN YOUR
THESAURUS AND YOU COULD FIND
OTHER WORDS THAT MIGHT
EVEN BE BETTER THAN 'MEAN'.
IT MIGHT BE ACTUALLY BANG
ON FOR WHAT A BULLY IS.
SO THANKS FOR CALLING IN.
YOU HAVE SOME GREAT IDEAS.
HAVE FUN WITH IT.
BYE.
HI, WHO'S THERE?
HELLO?
HOMELAND, ARE YOU THERE?

A boy says HELLO.

She says HI, HOMELAND?

The boy says YES.

She says HI, WHO'S THERE?
DID YOU HAVE SOMETHING YOU
WANTED TO CONTRIBUTE OR ADD ON
THAT YOU DIDN'T GET A
CHANCE TO THIS MORNING?

The boy says YEAH.
RIGHT HERE.

She says GREAT.

The boy says GREEN.

She says OH, GOOD.
OKAY, LET'S DO THAT ONE.

The boy says OKAY.

She says GREEN.
AND YOUR LEFT SIDE?

The boy says GRASS.

She says SORRY, I CAN'T HEAR YOU.

The boy says GRASS.
[laughter]

She says SORRY, COULD YOU SPELL IT?

The boy says G-R-A-S-S

She says OH, GRASS, SORRY.
THAT CAN'T BE
TOO TOUGH, RIGHT?
WHEN YOU THINK OF GREEN,
WHAT ELSE DO YOU THINK OF?

The boy says SAINT PATRICK'S.

She says OH, GOOD FOR YOU.
ARE YOU IRISH?

The boy says NO.

She says OKAY.
I AM.
THAT'S WHAT IT MAKES
ME THINK OF, TOO.
GOOD FOR YOU.
OKAY, WHEN YOU THINK OF GRASS
AND SAINT PATRICK'S, WHAT DOES
THAT MAKE YOU THINK OF?

The boy says FOUR LEAF CLOVER.

She says OH, GOOD FOR YOU.
GREAT.
THANKS FOR CALLING IN.
BOY, WE'VE DONE A LOT OF WORD
COLLECTING THIS MORNING.
WOULDN'T THESE BE WONDERFUL
STORIES IF WE COULD JUST TURN
ALL THESE IDEAS AND WORDS AND
WORD CHUNKS AND SO ON INTO
SOME STORIES?
OKAY, WE STILL HAVE A CHANCE,
I CAN TAKE A FEW MORE CALLS.
YOU CAN SEE HOW THAT CONCEPT
BUILDERS, JUST WHILE WE'RE
WAITING FOR SOMEONE TO
CONNECT, HOW YOU COULD USE THAT.
IF YOU WERE DOING A
PRESENTATION, YOU COULD START
WITH SOMETHING, AND YOU CAN
SEE THAT GIANT WORD COLLECTOR
IN YOUR VIRTUAL CHALLENGE, HOW
YOU CAN BUILD WITH IT,
AND BUILD WITH IT, UNTIL
FINALLY, IT ALMOST BRINGS IT
INTO A CONCLUSION.
OR IF YOU'RE DOING A PROJECT,
IT'S GREAT TO DO THE CONCEPT
BUILDER, OR IF YOU'RE DOING
SOMETHING ON INSECTS FOR
SCIENCE, OR ON THE MICROSCOPE,
AND YOU JUST KEEP BUILDING
ALL THE WORDS AND THINGS
THAT MAKES YOU THINK OF, AND
BEFORE YOU KNOW IT, ALL THOSE
WORDS AND WORD CHUNKS BECOME
SENTENCES AND CAN BE DEVELOPED
INTO PARAGRAPHS AND SO ON.
OKAY, WELL, I'M SORRY,
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE.
I HAD A GREAT TIME
WORD COLLECTING.
HAVE FUN WITH THOSE VIRTUAL
CHALLENGES, AND DON'T FORGET
TO FAX THEM INTO ME.
WE'LL BE HAPPY TO
HEAR FROM YOU SOON.
BYE FOR NOW.

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