This is a fun activity to create a group story. Each student needs a blank sheet of paper and a pen. If possible, sit in a circle shape to play.

Author: 
Jo Budden

Each student adds one stage to the story then folds the paper to cover the information and passes the paper to the student on the right. At each stage, before folding and passing to the student on the right, give these instructions.

  • Write the name of a man. It can be a famous man or a man everyone in the class knows. (Depending on the group, allow them to put the names of class mates)
  • Write the name of a woman. It can be a famous woman or a woman everyone in the class knows. (Depending on the group, allow them to put the names of class mates)
  • Write the name of a place where the two people meet.
  • When they meet, he says something to her. What does he say? Students write what he says to her.
  • She replies to the man. What does she say?
  • What’s the consequence of this encounter? What happens?
  • What’s the opinion of the whole story. What does the world say as a comment?

The end result is a mixed-up story that can often be amusing. Read yours as an example of how you want the students to tell the story. Then invite students one by one to unfold their stories and read them to the group. Depending on the level you can encourage use of connectors, reported speech etc.

Language level
Language Level: 
Pre-intermediate: A2