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This is a fun activity to create a group story. 

Author: 
Jo Budden

Everyone needs a blank sheet of paper and a pen. If possible, sit in a circle shape to play.

Procedure

  • Tell students to 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 or disallow them to put the names of classmates.
  • Students then fold their paper to hide what they have written, and then pass the paper to the student on their right.
  • Now tell students to 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 or disallow them to put the names of classmates.
  • Again, students then fold their paper to hide what they have written, and then pass the paper to the student on their right.
  • Continue in this way, asking them to write:
    • the name of the place where the man and woman meet
    • what he says to her when they meet
    • what she replies to him
    • what happens next

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 their level you can encourage use of connectors, reported speech, etc.

Language level
Language Level: 
Pre-intermediate: A2