This project is an in-depth project that will last several lessons. It is recommended to last from four to eight classes depending on your students' level, how much material you need to cover in your classes, and how much homework you want to assign.
*I don't like to assign much homework for these types of projects.
LESSON: Re-tell a Story
OBJECTIVE: a. To effectively use connectors, descriptors, and other story-telling language. b. To learn new vocabulary (when necessary) c. To exercise creativity.
LEVEL: Lower Intermediate+ (Blue belt and higher)
ACTIVITY: Class layout
- Do an example of the task before you ask the students to do their projects.
- Try not to assign homework unless the students are falling behind.
Write the definitions or explanation of each of the parts of a story. Plus write an example for each if you can think of one.
1. Describe the following terms:
2. Describe the following words and terms that are commonly in stories.
Define the following words that you may use in some of your stories. If you already know the word, write something you know about it. NOTE: Try to NOT write the translation from your language. -get creative-
Magic lamp –
Magic carpet –
Good and Evil –
The woods –
The forest –
Moral of the story –
Once upon a time… -
They lived happily ever after. –
Long ago/ a long time ago
About The Plot
Mini-task 1: Label the Plot
Label the Plot of the Story
Think of these common stories and label the different parts of the story according to the chart above. If you don’t know the story, you may need to look it up online or on YouTube.
Choose a story or movie: ___________________________
Mini-task 2: Brainstorming
Brainstorm your story
You are going to retell a story or movie but you will adapt or change something. Answer the following questions about your story.
- In a far away land
- They all lived happily ever after
Supporting Characters: Animals in the forest
Mini-task 3: Write
Write your story!
You´re going to re-tell a well-known fairy tale and make a story book or presentation (making the book/presentation is optional). Your story should be at least 200 words and will be a creative version of the fairy tale. You should include a title.
Content /20- Did I fulfill the task appropriately?
Grammar and Vocabulary /20 - Did I use the minimum number of vocabulary and grammar asked?
Creativity /10 - Is my version of the story different and unique?
Presentation /10 - Is the presentation of my project to standard?
Do you teach teenagers? Do you need a dynamic English writing lesson? This is one your students will love.
Your students are going to write a chain story. They may not like the idea at first, but then by the end, they will love it!
You may have heard of this idea before or even may have done it in your lessons, but I added a few small details that really make the process go by much more smoothly. Here's how I do it.
How It Works
ACTIVITY: Write a Chain Story
GROUPS: 6-9 students
LEVEL: B1 (Lower Intermediate) and Above
1. Students sit in a circle.
2. Everybody needs a pen and a piece of paper.
3. Start by writing the word "Yesterday"
4. Pass the paper to the person to the write, and that person begins writing the story.
5. Student writes for 90 seconds or 2 minutes. Give later students extra time to read the story.
6. Pass the paper to the person to the right. Continue the story that comes to you.
7. Announce the final 2 or 3 rounds.
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Additional Tips to Save Your Sanity
1. Allow them to moan and groan at first. Just continue with your lesson.
2. Limit your control on their content. (I've seen some CRAZY stories.) Let them be creative.
3. Give them time goals to organize themselves in a circle. For example: "You have 2 minutes to organize the class in 3 equal groups and form a circle." (For large classes)
4. Show a countdown timer on the screen. I normally either use Google or Online Stopwatch.
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