Chain Story - No Prep ESL Activity
Want your grammar lessons to be a little livelier? Want students to move a little bit in your class & have a little laugh after a long day? Want them to cooperate & perform peer-correction? Perhaps you should consider this engaging No Prep ESL Activity!
This is an activity that can be easily adapted for higher or lower proficiency levels! It's perfect for assessing grammar: tenses, conditionals, SVA, conjunctions, prepositions, etc.
Skills Engaged: Grammar, Writing, Cooperative Learning, Spelling
Materials: Dry-erase markers, & whiteboard
Time: 15-30 min
Step by step:
- It's always better to start as a class activity, especially if students are unfamiliar with the activity. Explain to your ss: "We are going to do a writing activity next and I want to see you use the grammar aspect that we've just discussed. We are going to write a story together. Each student can only write one word (or sentence depending on your class size/proficiency level) at a time. You will have only 10 minutes to finish the story so you'll have to think and move fast as a team."
- T models the first word/sentence (depending on student ability).
- Pass your marker to the first student & start the timer. Once that student has written a word/sentence. She will automatically pass the marker to the next in line. (If you have a big class, you can divide the class & run 2 simultaneous stories.) Monitor the ss as they perform the activity. Make sure that every student gets a chance to write.
- Once the 10 minutes are up, pair the ss up. Instruct them to check the story & verbally correct it with their partner.
- As a class, perform the necessary corrections on the story. Highlight the use of targeted grammar.
- As a class, read the story chorally.
- Place ss into groups of not more than 5. Ss pass around a piece of paper & perform the activity (Steps #1-4) in their small groups. After they've revised their stories, have each group share their story. After each sharing, elicit from the class the targeted grammar used in their story.
- An extended individual writing activity based on the targeted grammar.