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Writing storybooks or making picture books is a great way to reinforce grammar and vocabulary. It also gives students confidence and pride in “producing” something visible and tangible to measure their English language learning experience.

There are several steps to making a storybook and

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Story chains are simple ways to keep students telling a story. Start a story and then students keep adding lines to continue. They can even be done with only words, students relating words to other words through association.

One higher level example is using the Zen story about the lucky farmer. Start by telling the story like this -…

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This is a very simple idea that works to help students talk about events and narrate a story.  

Write many ideas / vocabulary on the board, all over the board. 

ex.  A girl in pjamas,  a ball,  Thursday,  green,   Last night,  the President,  kill,  Oh, it is beautiful.  etc…. 

Start by telling the beginning to any story. Just a few lines. …

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# 96 Running Dictation

This activity can be used with any level – just use an appropriate text. It is great for introducing a text that you will study in depth through intensive reading. Or it can also be used to finish off a lesson/unit and review the text again…

Basically, you have to do 4 things.

1. Divide the class into…

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Telling stories is great in the classroom. Add a little “imagination” and chance and you have a great recipe!

Story Dominoes is a great concept. Just get a lot of varying pictures. Cut them up and students in groups of three/four, use them to tell “random” stories.

One student turns over a card to begin. Then the next, turns over a card and…

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Writing storybooks is a great way to reinforce grammar and vocabulary. It also gives students confidence and pride in “producing” something visible and tangible to measure their English language learning experience.

There are several steps to making a storybook and I’ll use my own Mr. X’s incredible Day/Yesterday as an example. Get the ppt/video here for use with students.

1.  Tell…

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A piece of paper, a chalkboard and a pair of scissors are a teacher’s best friends.  Tr.uly, let me explain with this one activity.

1. Give each student a blank piece of paper.

2. Ask them to fold it “hamburger”, once, twice, three times. Unfold!

3. They will see 8 blocks for writing. In the first block ask them to write a sentence…

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   The True Story of the 3 Pigs is a timeless classic.   Read the story with your students, maybe having a few students act it out as you read.

Then, ask the students to write another well known story from the point of view of another character. Cinderella – Step Sister / Jack and the Beanstalk – the Giant / Little Red Riding…

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  Stories are great in the classroom. A good narrative, really provides ideal context to learn language, even better if they have pictures.

The best and easiest way to “teach” a story is to tell it through prediction. Get the students in a comfortable area if possible and read them the book, showing the pictures. You can also use all the

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Retelling is a powerful way for students to learn language. They retell in their own words and using the context of “the story”, acquire language.

1.  Photocopy these stories (I like to use funny stories with a punchline but you could use any stories, folktales work well too) and give one to a student (one of your better students). Ask…

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