Number one for English language teachers

Teenagers: Writing: Consequences

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Play a game of consequences to practise writing skills with your students.

Consequences is one of my favourite classroom writing activities. Group writing, reason to read and usually hilarious.

  • Hand out a sheet of paper to each student.
  • They are to write one sentence after your cue.
  • Fold the paper forward so the sentence cannot be seen, pass the paper to their right, or so that all students receive a different piece of paper for each cue.

A love story

CUES:

  1. Write a sentence to describe a man. Give him a name. What does he look like? What is his character like?

  2. Fold the paper, pass it to your right.

  3. Now write ‘met’ and write a sentence to describe a woman. Give her a name. What does she look like? Etc

  4. Fold the paper, pass it to your right.

  5. Now write where they met. Describe this place. Remember to use good adjectives.

  6. Fold the paper, pass it to your right.

  7. What did the man say? Write it down.

  8. Fold the paper, pass it to your right.

  9. What did the woman say? Write it down.

  10. Fold the paper, pass it to your right.

  11. What happened in the end?

  12. Fold the paper, pass it to your right.

  13. Now open the paper and read the love story.

The students will be motivated to read what has been written and that can be the end of it. Students could also choose a story and work on it – improve the links, grammar, vocabulary etc. All sorts of topics can be covered and teacher can decide on the prompts. This activity never fails to make my students (adults and children) enjoy the result of the writing process.

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