Giffen is an unpleasant man who is always on the lookout for ways to trick money out of 'suckers' and his amazing glue seems to be the perfect way to do this. Until he come across Flinty, that is.

Strap Box Flyer is from the pen of one of Australia's most popular writers for children, Paul Jennings. This kit was assembled - without using any glue - by teachers from India, Portugal and Turkey on a NILE (Norwich Institute of Language Education) summer course.

The kit below includes activities for you to print and copy, and the complete text. There is also audio for each of the five parts of the story.

Audio part 1:

Audio part 2:

Audio part 3:

Audio part 4:

Audio part 5:



Dear Fitch,I teach 2d year students of law, so StrapBoxFlyer with all its crime-punishment implication was exactly  what I need to cheer up the class at the end of the second language lesson last Wednesday (they were pretty much exhausted by the time we got to SBF:)I used data projector both for the images and the text parts.We started with the slides depicting the main ideas and objects of the story (simultaniously revising some of the vocabulary, e.g. fraud/fraudster, crook (col.),  types of punishment, premeditated murder/manslaughter, moral damage etc.). We didn't divide into groups to guess what story was hidden behind the images, but discussed it together supplementing each other's stories with additional details... No more than 5 min. Some of the students got very close to the original plotSince we were all getting tired, I decided to switch off audio support and shorten the episodes of the text giving more room for students improvisations. We stopped several times to discuss what was going to happen next and how the slides left were related to this or that episode. Every time I gave a couple of minutes for they could comprehend the text by browsing through it.We stayed a bit longer on the final episode with Flinty's invention. There was so much to discuss: whether Mr Flint was a crook or a real genious/inventor; reasons why he suggested to cooperate with Giffon; Giffon's time concerns and possible concequences etc.To sum up, everything went just fine, and it was sooo amusing to see how their face expressions were changing in the course of reading the final sentences of the story...Nice activity! Though may be a bit wearsome if done in full mode.

Wow, you did work hard!  As you say, 'full mode' can be quite tiring, but one of the reasons we call the materials 'kits' is because you can choose the bits and pieces you want to use and discard the rest.  But a great piece of feedback - I'll be sure to pass it on to the authors.  Thanks.

I will use it in my class being sure that everyone will enjoy the story as well as the lesson

Thanks again for your creative work, Nile people! It makes teaching very meaningful- my students love the stories and get easily involved in the activities. And Paul Jennings is great for teens!María Graciana Salvati/ Trenque Lauquen/ Argentina

Thanx a lot. I am getting real pleasure working in here. Keep going like this. :)


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