English Admin learning English text types Online. Reading and understanding a story with twist. Can you guess this types of text? Yes, spoof text, it is quite entertaining as well as educating. I find a very funny story about Abu Ali when he counted all his nine new donkeys.
It is an example of spoof text. The story is a folktale from the Middle East. This story, which I think, can be labelled as spoof text is appropriate for children. Here is the amusing story!
When Abu Ali Counted his Donkeys
One day Abu Ali went to the fair, and bought nine donkeys. He rode home on one of them the rest of the donkeys followed behind.
After a while Abu Ali said to himself, “I must make sure all my donkeys are here.” And he turned round to count them.
“One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. Oh! Where’s number nine?” Abu Ali cried.
He jumped down from his donkey. He looked behind the rocks and behind the trees. But there was no donkey to be seen.
“I’ll count them again,” Abu Ali said. “One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine. Oh, he must have come back.” So Abu Ali climbed back on to the donkey and trotted away.
After a while he counted his donkeys again. He counted only eight! Once more he looked behind the rocks and behind the trees. But there was no donkey to be seen.
“I will count again,” he said, and this time there were nine. Just then Abu Ali saw his friend Musa walking along the road. “Musa,” he called. “Help me to count my donkeys. I keep losing one. When I stop to count I have only eight, but when I get down looking for the ninth, there he is again!”
“Well, I can see ten donkeys, Abu Ali,” laughed Musa. “And the tenth donkey’s name is Abu Ali”
Generic Structure of Spoof Text on Abu Ali Counting Donkeys
When we talk about narrative writing, we relate to 4 kinds of text. They are narrative text itself, recount, anecdote, and spoof. All of the stories have similar elements of structure. Similarity means a little difference. The difference of spoof text from other stories is located on the existence of twist in the end of the story. Here is what we mean by the generic structure of spoof text:
1. Orientation: Introduction to the story participant, where, and when information. From the story above, we know the basic information. They are:
Abu Ali counting his nine donkeys on the way home from an animal fair
2. Events: Series of event which happened to the participants. What dis the participant do along the story? From the amusing story above, we understand that
Abu Ali miscounted his nine donkeys several times. Then he needed his friend help to count
3. Twist: The unpredictable ending of the story. This element often make the story have funny sense. From The story above, we are amused by his friend help
His friend said that there were actually ten donkeys totally.
That is an amusing story. This is an example of spoof text with generic structure note to help understand the whole story quickly. Are you amused now? If not, you need to read another example of spoof text or again you can find the most fumiest one in my collection of amusing stories which may make you laugh loudly. Finally thank for reading and happy learning English Online.