Crazy Stories II

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Another classic but useful activity to get our students of English as a second language into writing, in a creative and engaging way. Let's write!

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Crazy Stories II

  1. 1. mcromeroriera@gmail.comCrazy Stories II, a writing activity
  2. 2. Crazy stories mcromeroriera@gmail.com Level: Intermediate upwards Materials: White sheets of paper (A3 or A4) Aim: Improving writing skills Procedure: 1. Students are grouped (2 to 4) and explained they are all going to write different versions of a story, but as a whole class. 2. The teacher starts by reading out a sentence they must all copy, for example ‘Once upon a time, there lived an ugly princess…’. Each group is then allowed 1 minute to add a bit.
  3. 3. Crazy stories mcromeroriera@gmail.com 3. When time is over, groups swap their papers, but no folding this time! 4. Each group then receives the new paper, read what the previous group has written and add a new bit after the teacher’s sentence, for instance ‘One day, while she was walking in the garden…’ 5. The activity keeps going until the teacher considers. 6. The different versions are posted on the walls for students to read and teacher comments some common mistakes. Notes: • This activity is very similar to Crazy Stories, since it’s a collaborative type of writing activity. However, this time, the piece of writing students are asked to produce is longer.
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  5. 5. Crazy stories mcromeroriera@gmail.com Sentences used in the following text by the teacher: -‘Once upon a time, there lived an ugly princess…’ - ‘One day, while she was walking in the garden…’ - ‘What are you doing in my garden? Demanded the princess’ - ‘I have come to grand you one wish’ - ‘The princess then closed her eyes and said...’ -‘So they lived happily ever after’ (end of the story)
  6. 6. Crazy stories Version 1
  7. 7. mcromeroriera@gmail.comVersion 2
  8. 8. Crazy stories Version 3

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