10-15 min Story Listening for Novice learners

Here is a list of 10-15 min stories I told my Novice students  (French 1/2) using Story Listening supplementation. In this post, you will find story titles, original scripts and adapted scripts on the Stories First website (when available and not copyrighted), read-aloud video, and a video of each story live from my classroom, using Story Listening supplementation. If a text is copyrighted, just google it and you will find the original book to purchase, synopsis, and more.

Stories are such an engaging way to provide rich language in context. I hope this post will encourage you to try one, two, or fifty stories!

Happy listening 🙂

PS1: As you will see in the videos, I can’t draw! Yet, my students and I enjoy Story Listening. Don’t let the fear of drawing get in your way.

PS2: the first 2 videos are a bit blurry unfortunately but the rest of them are crystal clear. Sorry about that.

PS3: If you have stories you want to share, please post the titles in the comments, I am always looking for good stories!!

1. La petite grenouille à grande bouche

Original script (old French joke)            Adapted script

Read-aloud

Story Listening in my classroom

Grenouille a Grande bouche

2. La délicieuse purée adapted from The sweet porridge by the Grimm Brothers

Original script (Der süße Brei in German)     Adapted script

Read-aloud

Story Listening in my classroom

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3. La soupe by Einrich Hoffman

Original script (Der Struwwelpeter in German)    Adapted script

Read-aloud

Story Listening in my classroom

Der Struwwelpeter: Buchdeckel vorn    Soupe

4. Les étoiles adapted from Star Money by the Grimm Brothers

Original script (Die Strentaler in German)   Adapted script

Read-aloud

Story Listening in my classroom

Starmoney etoiles

5. The wolf and the crane by Aesop

Original script     Adapted script

Read-aloud

Story Listening in my classroom
Fabliau.sur.pilier.cathedrale.AutunLoup Grue

6. Merci petit ours adapted from Thank you Bear by Greg E. Foley

Copyrighted

Story about a little bear who finds a box for his friend the rat

Read-aloud

Story Listening in my classroom

Thank You Bear Merci Petit Ours

7. Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock Book by Eric Kimmel

While Anansi is a mythical West African character and therefore a lot of his stories are not copyrighted, this particular one is (but google the title to find out more).

Story about the mischievous Anansi who tries to trick other animals with a magic rock.

Read-aloud

Story Listening in my classroom

 Anansi Moss  Anansi

8. The lion and the mouse by Aesop

Original script     Adapted script

Read-aloud

Story Listening in my classroom

The_lion_and_the_mouse_by_DOYLE,_JOHN_(MONOGRAMMIST_HB)_-_GMII Lion et souris

9. La délicieuse lune adapted from Mooncake by Frank Asch

Copyrighted

Story about a bear who wants to eat the moon and builds a rocket.

Read-aloud

Technical issue with camera, sorry!

Mooncake

10. La princesse en pyjama adapted from The paperbag princess by Robert Munsch 

Copyrighted

Story about a fierce princess who rescues her prince from a dragon who had burnt all her clothes

Read-aloud

Story listening in my classroom

The_Paper_Bag_Princess Paperbag

11. King Midas (Greek myth)

original script    adapted script

Read-aloud (some nudity)

Story listening in my classroom

(not my best delivery but I am committed to show the good and the not so good)

King Midas Midas

12. The angry giant adapted from Habia una vez una casa by Graciela Montes

Copyrighted

Story about a giant who is happy when the sun shines but angry when it rains and how one tiny bird will change his mood

Read-aloud (in Spanish)

Story listening in my classroom

Angry giant giant

13. Bernard et Claude adapted from Jasper and Joop by Olivia Dunrea

Copyrighted

Story about two ducks who are VERY different

Read-aloud

Story listening in my classroom

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14. Les filles de Mufaro adapted from Mufaro’s beautiful daughters by John Steptoe

Copyrighted

Tale from Zimbabwe about two daughters, one kind and the other selfish.

Read-aloud

Story listening in my classroom

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15. The boy who cried wolf by Aesop

original script       adapted script

Read-aloud

story listening in my classroom

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16. The golden key by the Grimm Brothers

original script     adapted script

Read-aloud

story listening in my classroom

goldenkey the golden key

17. Toujours le rat, adapted from Carla Tarini

original script

story listening in my classroom

Toujours

18. Roland, adapted from an opera by Lully

original script         adapted script

story listening in my classroom

Roland_(opera_by_Jean-Baptiste_Lully)Roland

19. Le pyjama parfait adapted from “Pyjama Day” by Robert Munsch

Copyrighted (but google the title to find out more)

Story about a boy who buys the perfect pajamas.

Story Listening in my classroom

Pyjama day.jpg Screen Shot 2018-10-17 at 1.34.24 PM

20. Le vent coquin adapted from El viento travieso by Lourdes Bradley and Martha Avilés

Copyrighted (but google the title to find out more)

Story about a mischievous wind who blows all kinds of things around. Really fun!

Story Listening in my classroom

Le vent coquin

21-26. It’s halloween week! Spooky stories a gogo 🙂

Here are my Halloween stories.

27. Old Sultan, adapted from The Grimm Brothers

Original script       Adapted script

Story Listening in my classroom

Sultan

28. The Name Jar, adapted from Yangsook Choi

Copyrighted

Story about a Korean girl who goes to school in the US for the first time and is made fun of because of her name.

Read-aloud

How to pronounce Unhei’s name

Story Listening in my classroom

Résultats de recherche d'images pour « the name jar » Name Jar

29. La plus mignonne des petites souris by Etienne Morel

Copyrighted

Story about a daddy mouse who wants his daughter to marry the most powerful being in the world: the sun

Read-aloud (in French)

Story Listening in my classroom  

downloadpetite souris

30. The faerie Queene adapted from Edmund Spenser

Original script       Adapted script

Story Listening in my classroom

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During the second semester, I am telling a 10-min story using Story Listening supplementation once or twice a week for my French 1 and French 2 students.

31. Le loup, adapted from Guy de Maupassant

Original script         Adapted script

Story Listening in  my classroom

wolf-1247882_960_720  le loup

32. La Dame Blanche, a legend from Quebec

my students enjoyed this legend, and it was interesting for them to see them the actual Chute Montmorency after the story

Original script            Adapted script

Story Listening in my classroom

Dame Blanche

33. Solange, adapted from Alexandre Dumas

Adapted script (in French)     Adapted script (in English)

Story Listening in my classroom

Solange

34. La Bourse, adapted from Honoré de Balzac

Original script            Adapted script (in French)

Story Listening in my classroom

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35. Le Bol, adapted from The Grimm Brothers

Original script                 Adapted script (in French)

Story listening in my classroom

(sorry my tripod broke so a student is holding the iPad, resulting in a bit of a wobbly video)

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36. La soupe aux cailloux

Original script               Adapted script (in French)

Story listening in my classroom

37. Le lapin et le loup

Adapted script (in English)            Adapted script (in French)

Story listening in my classroom

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38. Le petit âne, liberally adapted from the Grimm Brothers

Original script (in English)           Adapted script (in French)

Story Listening in my classroom

17 comments

  1. Cecile, I am always so excited when I see you have a new post!! It is so inspiring 🙂
    Thank you so much for sharing all your hard work! On top of preparing a story every day (!), to create the videos and post everything here takes a lot of time. I certainly appreciate it!
    I have a confession to make: French and I have never gotten along very well 😉 But I am also inspired to watch your videos and learn!!
    I wonder, could you also provide the English translation for the stories? I am always looking for titles that will work for my SL lessons in German. So that would be very helpful!
    I teach younger students (1st – 4th grade), so I’m starting off with stories from children’s books. Yesterday I told The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Even the 4th-graders loved it. But I’m not sure how high school students would react 🙂 Another board book I love is Jingle-Jingle by Nicola Smee. Again, might be too childish for your group, but you never know!
    Merci! Danke! Thank you!

    • Merci und Danke, Kate! I posted all the original scripts are in English if I can find them in English. So, at the time of this response, only “La petite grenouille”‘s original script is in French.

      Also, I am working on a document called: “The first 100 stories in the Elementary classroom” with two other colleagues and the Stories First foundation. We should have something ready to share in October. I can see how your Elem students would have loved the hungry caterpillar, great idea! I will add it to our document.

      Finally, Kathrin Schlechtman has a blog with Story Listening in German, which you will no doubt find helpful! It is called “We love Deutsch”.

      Bis bald!

      • Oh, wonderful, Cecile! I was just looking at the titles in your list and hadn’t made it to the actual texts.

        I can’t wait to see your list!
        Another story I told to my 1st & 2nd graders is Jingle – Jingle by Nicola Smee. It has nice repetition and can be quite funny 😊

        Kathrin and I have known each other for many years, and she is the one who told me about SL 😊 I know her blog, but I haven’t looked at it in a while. I’ll do that again – thank you for the reminder 😉

  2. Merci mille fois Cécile pour être une source d’ inspiration parce que maintenant je suis motivée d’essayer “Story Listening” avec mes classes!!

  3. Merci Cécile! I am gathering the courage to start Story listening in my classes and I think this list and watching a few videos will help me get started!

  4. Hello, thank you for all this fabulous information and the resources. Could you do this with a prepared PPT with images you have chosen that illustrate the story? A bit like MovieTalk?
    Thank you,
    Brenda Crosby

    • Dear Brenda, you can choose to tell the story with the support of a Power Point of course but I would just consider these factors:
      1. Drawing slows you down and gives your students time to process the input you are providing.
      2. Drawing creates community. My drawing is absolutely terrible, and students often giggle at them. I am making myself a bit vulnerable but they appreciate it.
      3. PowerPoints take a huge amount of time to prepare and you are already using them for Movie Talks.
      4. At the end of the story, you have the entire story on the board. You can then easily “review” the phrases you have written on the board with the students.

      If you have not already done so, I warmly recommend you join Story Listening & Reading on FB!

      Thank you,

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