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Thank-You Notes

Story by Patrick Littell

Illustrated by Patrick Littell

Version 1.0: Theme Focus

  • Sarah is writing thank-you notes for her birthday presents.
  • "So what all did you get?"
  • "I got lots of stuff!"
  • "I got a shirt, candy, money, and a toy bear."
  • "What did your dad give you?"
  • "Dad gave me the shirt."
  • "And he also gave me money."
  • "What did your mom give you?"
  • "Mom gave me candy."
  • "What did your grandpa give you?"
  • "Grandpa gave me money."
  • "And he also gave me candy."
  • "What did your grandma give you?"
  • "Grandma gave me the toy bear."
  • "That is a lot of stuff!"
  • "But what's left for me to get you?"
  • "What I really need is... more paper!"
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Story Text:

  1. Sarah is writing thank-you notes for her birthday presents.
  2. "So what all did you get?"
  3. "I got lots of stuff!"
  4. "I got a shirt, candy, money, and a toy bear."
  5. "What did your dad give you?"
  6. "Dad gave me the shirt."
  7. "And he also gave me money."
  8. "What did your mom give you?"
  9. "Mom gave me candy."
  10. "What did your grandpa give you?"
  11. "Grandpa gave me money."
  12. "And he also gave me candy."
  13. "What did your grandma give you?"
  14. "Grandma gave me the toy bear."
  15. "That is a lot of stuff!"
  16. "But what's left for me to get you?"
  17. "What I really need is... more paper!"

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Summary:

Sarah got a lot of stuff from her family for her birthday. Is there anything left for her boyfriend to get her?

This is a Scramble Storyboard: it's designed to be read several times, each time with subtle differences. The goal is to see if the structure or the intonation of an answer changes depending on what question it's answering.

For example, in English, your intonation changes depending on what is being questioned:

"Who got you the shirt?" "My DAD got me the shirt."

"What did your dad get you?" "My dad got me the SHIRT."

Other languages keep the intonation the same but change the order of words. This storyboard is designed to help you figure out what happens in the language you're recording.

Check out the other version below for the same story using different questions.

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Cite this storyboard as:

Littell, P. (2010). Thank-You Notes. Retrieved from http://www.totemfieldstoryboards.org on May 14, 2021.

Licensing:

Creative Commons LicenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Canada License.

You are free to redistribute this storyboard, and create your own derivative works from it, so long as you attribute the original source. Commercial use is permitted.

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