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Write Me a Story

     This can be a very fun vocabulary building activity for an ESL/EFL Reading/Writing class.  It is easy to prepare, fun-for-the-teacher and fun-for-the-students activity.  Just write a list of new vocabulary words on the board. Preferably, the words will be from a list of target vocabulary. Keep the list to between 7 and 15 words depending on the level of the students.  Next, put the students in groups of 3 or 4 and tell them they have to write a story using all the words at least once. You may want to assign a time limit or have them finish the story for homework. Students then read their stories to the class.  If you want to make it a competition, have the class vote for the best story.

     Writing prompts can help students get started writing. Here are some prompts:

  1. Begin the story with, "When I walked into the room, I couldn't believe my eyes. / End the story with, "After leaving the room, all I could think is, 'What a relief!'"
  2. Begin: "It was raining when I saw her/him standing there."  End: "After he/she said that, I understood everything."
  3. Begin: "The situation looked hopeless." End: "All is well that ends well!"

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