In my first story, it was mostly narrating in the past tense. There wasn't a lot of first/second person forms of the verbs (past or present).
In my second story, I tried to have the turtle say more, but you didn't hear him talking about it as much as I would just have the bubble with the first person form.
This time around, I wanted to really expose learners to language in context and thought the best way to get the characters to talk about themselves is similar to in the classroom itself! Interview them. So I will periodically be interviewing the actors in the story to ensure we have the correct information (and also that their voice is being heard).
Check out my attempt at this in episode 2!
Present tense - episode 2
Past tense - episode 2
*Even some teachers who like to use stories and CI find themselves locked into a textbook that predominately goes over the present tense in level 1.