Fritz read a brief fable about two cats arguing over a piece of cheese. They ask a monkey to arbitrate. The assignment was to convert the story into a dialogue. This is very difficult for him, so I walked him through the assignment. The English book helps, too, by starting the student off:
1st cat: That’s my piece of cheese.
2nd cat: No, it is not yours. I saw it first.
I reminded him that he has much experience in bickering, so he was able to think of more lines for the cats. But for the monkey, he kept saying, “The monkey said that…” After several false starts, I finally read back to him his dialogue using different voices for the two cats. At the monkey’s line I pointed to him and said, “You’re the monkey. What do you say?”
“Oo Oo Ah Ah Ee Ee?”
The boy needs a beating.