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The Devil Octopus

Asst. Prof. Somchao Chatnarudom


Once upon a time a mother and her son

found an octopus in a pool near the sea.

Some men killed the octopus and carried it up to

the village.

The men told the boy and his friends to guard the octopus
while they went to bring yams and vegetable for the party.

When the men had gone, the octopus spoke to the boy. It
said, “When I am cooked, you and your parents must not eat

The boy told his parents what the octopus said. They
thought it was a joke and they laughed and laughed.

When the octopus was baked and the meal was

ready, the people came together at the party.

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.

Then suddenly something strange happened. The

people who had eaten the octopus all turned into
octopuses. Some became and others became
small octopuses.

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

- Elicit some words related to the topic
Graphic organizer/word web.
- Help students guess the meaning of
unknown words e.g. octopus.
- Ask students to predict what the story is
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
- 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
• 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.