This is an idea to help students with their writing of narratives. It gives all the students some essential (and some superfluous) vocabulary.

Author: 
Brian Fowlis

Procedure

Before giving the students the title (or first line) of the story, play a game of word association.

  • The teacher gives one word and the student on the left must say the first word s/he can think of which is associated with it.
  • Then the student on her/his left says the first word which s/he can think of which is associated with the previous word.
  • This can be repeated around the class a few times.
  • The teacher writes all the words on the board as they appear.
  • Eventually you should have 20 or 30 words on the board, the latter ones bearing no relation to the original.
  • Here is a typical collection: tree, forest, countryside, city, buildings, offices, work, leisure, holidays, beach, sun, moon, night, dark, black, reggae, music, piano, jazz, etc.
  • The teacher then gives the students the first line of the story using some of the vocabulary on the board (e.g., I'll never forget the night I went to my first reggae club while I was on holiday in a strange city).
  • The students (individually or in pairs) continue the story, drawing on the vocabulary on the board for ideas.
Language level
Language Level: 
Pre-intermediate: A2

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