Number one for English language teachers

Teenagers: game 8: making sentences

Type: Game

Games to play with teenagers in the English classroom.

Find an English magazine or newspaper and cut out about 40 words ensuring you have a balance of parts of speech and stick them onto a sheet of paper in no particular order something like this:

Give out copies of the sheets to students in groups of up to four. Print this set of words. 

They have seven (depending on level and complexity of task) minutes to create: one sentence with three words, one sentence with four words etc depending on level.

Sentences may be like this:

3 words - Radio is free.


4 words - Most parents are happy.


5 words - Cows enjoy politics in April.


This game encourages creative use of language and after the sentences are produced, the students could choose one and write a story or newspaper article that this sentence is a title or headline to.

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Readers' comments (8)

  • This will be fun! Thank you for sharing this with us.

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  • Hello Tanya,
    Thank you for your comment.
    We're glad to hear you enjoyed this resource.

    Kind regards,
    The Onestopenglish team

  • I really love this game. It will help me and the kids to think lol

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  • I have been wondering what to do with my Magnetic Poetry Kit I brought over from England but now I know.

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  • Lovely idea! Thank you :-) Emma

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  • billiant! these games are really helpful. If you have anymore that would be great!!

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  • Thanks for sharing!
    I like it.

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  • Fantastic - using this in a mini lesson tomorrow. Looks like it will be a hit!

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  • Life saver! tomorrow I am invited to conduct an hour of english workshop in an Hindi Medium school with 9th grade students. I believe this is a life saver, as I really was at a loss, as to what I should do with no time on hand as such. Thank you

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