Upper Intermediate, B2 level
To provide product writing practice of a short story in the context of small mistake
To review of adjectives and adverbs in the context of small mistakes
Procedure (44-54 minutes)
Ask students: what does it mean small mistake? Did they ever make it? Student read the story with gaps and try to answer questions: What was the "small mistake"? What happened in the end?
Pair work. Using adverbs and adjectives students complete the story with an adjective or adverb from the list (each of pair will get it from teacher).
Switch working pairs. They will write a dialogue as part of a story. Students try to imagine a conversation between the employee and Mrs. Simpson. w/c fb In exercise d, let students look at the highlighted time expressions and fill gaps.
Divide students into three groups, each of group will write a story with one of the sentences below (each of them will get one to do it): 1. It was eleven o'clock at night when the phone rang. 2. Alex had been working hard all day and was looking forward to going home. 3. We had been driving for four hours when we saw the sign for a small hotel and decided to stop. Firstly, they will: 1. Plan the content (write what happened simply, in about 50-70 words) switch papers let others groups to check and try to improve the story by adding more details, with adjectives and adverbs. Then papers coming back to the "owners", checking suggestions from their colleagues. 2. Write the story, organized in two or three paragraphs. use a variety of narrative tenses, adverbs, and adjectives to make your story more vivid. use time expressions to make the sequence of events clear.
Students exchanging stories and checking and correcting mistakes by themselves. The teacher is monitoring all the time and supporting.