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Activity type: : this is a free writing activity in which students answer questions and then try to put the answers to the questions together in a 'sort of' story. This is fun for all learners especially younger learners (10-16 yrs).
Level: Intermediate and above
- Begin by printing out the worksheet below.
- Photocopy enough worksheets for each group in class.
- When in class, tell the students that they are going to be creative and write a story.
- Put them into small groups of threes or fours. Explain that they have to use their imagination as a group and to answer the questions on the worksheet. They can do this verbally initially and nominate a person in the group to take notes.
- When they have had sufficient time to do this, ask the students to read out their answers to the questions. Note that the answers do not need to be related.
- To expand this idea, tell them to try to link the questions together in order to make a story.
- Give the students time to link the questions together. Remind the students to take notes as they are doing so.
- Once they have done this, either ask them to read out their stories or to swap one person from each group and to tell the students in the new groups to tell the story.
- For homework, or in class, ask the students to write the story up in full i.e. to use the notes to write a full length story. In the following lesson, collect in the stories and then correct them and stick them to the wall of the class.
- When the students are next in class, give them a few minutes to walk around the room and to read the stories.
- What time of day was it?
- Where were you? Describe the place in detail.
- Who were you with? What did he/she look like? Were you alone?
- What or who knocked on the door?
- How did you feel?
- What did you say when you opened the door?
- What did it/he/she want?
- Did you give it to it/him/her?
- Did you let it/he/she in?
- What did you do?
- Did it know you?
- Why did it/he/she come to your house?
- How did you get rid of it/she/he?
- What happened then?
- Where did you go?
- What happened in the end?