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Big Thom's Re-Reported Rap

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Purpose:
Learning “Reported speech”

Rule: Change present tense verbs to past tense and nouns so they point to the
speaker who originally made the statement..

Example: Thom: “I don’t like my company, but I love my students”
Reported Speech: Jim: “Thom said he didn’t like his company, but he loved his
students”
Re-reported, Bob: “Jim told me Thom said he didn’t like his company but he
loved his students.”

Materials:
Ball or beanbag to toss from student to student.

Preteaching:
Teacher introduces target phrases in pregame activity. A writing activity seems to
work better.

Game Play:
Teacher makes a statement, ”I like chocolate” and tosses the ball.
First student says: “Teacher said he liked chocolate.” and tosses the ball.
Second student says: “First student told me teacher said he liked chocolate.” and tosses
the ball.
Third student says, “Seconds student told me, first student told her that teacher said he
liked chocolate.” and tosses the ball.

Notes:
The more students the better, and the more they try to screw one another up the
better. This game is a real blast with students who know and like each other.

Questions: kreutzer@hotmail.com
TMKreutzer, Snohomish, WA- Uji, Japan


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