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Guided writing: Writing a story on the OHP
Cut up an OHT into three strips for each group of 3-4 students.
- Tell your students they are going to write a story entitled ‘A Wonderful Day’ and that they are going to be the narrator in the story.
- Draw 4 big circles on the board. In the first circle write ‘Who am I?’ and ask your students to decide on the main character of the story (You could use a picture to stimulate imagination):
- How old am I?
- What do I do?
- What do I look like?
- What am I like?
- Who are my friends?
- What family have I got?
- What kind of relationship do I have with them?
- What do I like doing?
- Write up their ideas.
- In the second circle write ‘Morning’ and ask the students to decide what I did to make it such a wonderful day and write up their ideas.
- Repeat the procedure for the third and fourth circles substituting ‘Morning’ for ‘Afternoon’ and ‘Evening’.
- Put the students into groups and tell them each group is going to write one part of the story: morning, afternoon or evening. Hand out a strip of OHT to each group as well as OHP pens. If you have a large class you could divide them in two and have them write two stories.
- Give the students about twenty minutes to discuss together and write their part of the story then collect the strips back and arrange them together on the OHP.
- I find it helps if you read the text aloud and the students follow. Go over the text with the students and tell them what you think they did well.
- If you want you can also analyse the texts for errors.
You can vary this theme to incorporate other ideas like ‘An Awful Day’ or ‘An Unexpected Day’ etc.