ESL activities – Once upon a time…

Narrative tenses and writing activityDownload and print
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Language point Narrative tenses

Aim To practise writing a story

Activity Students use random words to write a story.
Organisation Pair work or group work
Preparation Make one copy of the activity. Cut up the words.
What do I do?
  1. Put students into pairs or groups.
  2. Groups pick five words at random.
  3. Groups write a story containing the five words and using narrative tenses.
  4. Optional: Give students the first and/or last sentence of the story, e.g. “It was a cold, stormy night…” or “It was love at first sight…”

baby
fish
trees
Saturday
spider
gun
bread
a box of matches
Europe
Australia
keys
yellow
ugly
beach
sand
water
coffee
bathroom
desk
shoes