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The Devil Octopus

Asst. Prof. Somchao Chatnarudom


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Once upon a time a mother and her son


found an octopus in a pool near the sea.
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Some men killed the octopus and carried it up to


the village.
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The men told the boy and his friends to guard the octopus
while they went to bring yams and vegetable for the party.
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When the men had gone, the octopus spoke to the boy. It
said, “When I am cooked, you and your parents must not eat
me.”
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The boy told his parents what the octopus said. They
thought it was a joke and they laughed and laughed.
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When the octopus was baked and the meal was


ready, the people came together at the party.
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The boy’s parents ate some octopus but the boy


would not eat any. He could not stop thinking
about what the octopus had said.
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Then suddenly something strange happened. The


people who had eaten the octopus all turned into
octopuses. Some became and others became
small octopuses.
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And one after the other they all crept


down to the sea and were gone.
Teaching Reading:
Using a Big Book in the classroom
Asst. Prof. Somchao Chatnarudom

Pre-reading
- Elicit some words related to the topic
using
Graphic organizer/word web.
- Help students guess the meaning of
unknown words e.g. octopus.
- Ask students to predict what the story is
about.
While reading
- Students get involved in reading: listening
to the teacher, answering some questions,
expressing their ideas about the story.
- Bridging to the listening task using cloze
listening.
- Using the pictures as cues to encourage
students to speak.
- Integrating writing activity by means of
relayed dictation.
Post reading
- Vocabulary work ( choosing the target
words to fill in the summary)
- Critical reading (working in groups and
trying to write a few words for what would
happen at the end of the story.)
- Grammatical work ( Underlining the past
tense forms and giving the base forms)
- etc.
Relayed Dictation
• Some people ate the octopus and they became
octopuses.
• The octopus asked a boy not to eat it.
• Once upon a time a mother and her son found an
octopus near the sea.
• Some men killed the octopus and took it to the village.
• The boy told his parents about what the octopus said
but they laughed.
• The men wanted to cook the octopus as their meal.
• The octopus asked a boy not to eat it.