Aeneas Murray Aeneas Murray

TP 6: Writing. CELTA. 25/07/2020
Pre-Intermediate level


In this lesson, students are introduced and practice writing a short story. The lesson starts with a lead-in where the students write down their brainstorming ideas on a Google Jamboard under the subheadings: Where?, Who?, What? And When?. This is followed by a sample of a short written story and covering meaning, form and appropriacy where I’ll show them the organisation of segments of a story and the language discourse markers and added adjectives for dramatisation. Afterwards, I’ll ask the students to individually write a short story between 35-45 words long with a beginning, middle and end. Before capping it off with asking the students to exchange their stories with their classmates, filling out a checklist form and sending back their feedback.


Main Aims

  • To introduce and provide practice of writing a short story (35-45 words).

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide writing practice and familiarisation of discourse markers (First, second, third, later etc.) and organisation (Introduction, Middle and End).


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

I've chosen a brainstorming activity for the lead-in because I want the students to write their views on the Google jam board and get as much writing practice as possible. There are pictures to simplify the meanings attached to the sub-headings and this exercise should prepare them for the content of the main writing task. Google Jamboard: The students will do this individually but be able to share their owns on the same Google Jam Board.

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

I've written a 44 word story with a beginning, middle and ending and I've used discourse markers, a sense of built up drama and resolution and descriptive adjectives. I've also used pictures to help illustrate each stage of the story. Google Slides: My marker sentences are going to be: Once upon a time There was a man who sailed across all the seas and oceans of the world. He became sick and tired Still, he adventured far and wide finally he arrived at a safe harbour.

Useful Language (8-10 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

With the marker sentences (See above), I'll be using timelines to contrast the tenses, eliciting similar words or phrasings, using extension to check what else we may become with the transitive verb and asking CCQs such as: Does 'Finally' come at the beginning or end? Answer: End To help the students understand the use of Still: Did the man continue to sail or stop after the storms and waves? Answer: He continued. Did the man have an easy or difficult experience? Answer: Difficult I'll ask if the language is formal or informal? Google Slides:

Productive Task(s) (18-20 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

I'll ask the students to individually write a short story with a beginning, middle and end (35-45 words long)? ICQs: Do you have to write the story with a partner or alone? Answer: Alone. Do you need to include a beginning, middle and end, yes or no? Answer: Yes Should you write less than 35 words, yes or no? Answer: No. Should you write more than 45 words, yes or no? Answer: No.

Feedback and Error Correction (8-10 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

For the feedback, I'll ask the students to read another classmate's short story, answer the google form which includes questions such as 'Did they enjoy the story?', 'Was there a beginning, middle and end?', 'Were there discourse markers? (First, second, third, at the beginning, finally etc.) and 'Was there a use of adjectives?' (Describing words) before getting the students to send their feedbacks back to the relevant classmates. This way everything that would have been covered in the class up until that point can be reviewed in the feedback. Google Form: I'll send the students to break out rooms and they can give one another feedback after using the checklist.

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