Karime Karime

Short story
Pre-Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will be able to write a short story in the context of first times. They will practice and produce writing stories and share them with their classmates.


Main Aims

  • To introduce and provide practice of writing a short story in the context of first times (35-45 words).

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide product writing practice of a Short story in the context of first times
  • To provide practice of linking words in the context of writing a short story


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

Teacher greets students. "Hello guys, how are you feeling today?" T displays the first slide. "Today we are going to be talking about something related to these pictures" "What comes to your mind when you see these pictures?" "Have you ever seen the snow?" Pair work: Work in break-out rooms and answer the following questions, you have 2 minutes for this activity: ICQ: Are you working in teams or individually, how much time do you have for this activity? Do you prefer hot or cold weather? Why? Would you like to go snowboarding? why?

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

Students will be introduced to a text. "We are going to be reading this text, and while you read I want you to answer these following questions, this activity is individually and you have 4 minutes for this" ICQ: How much time do you have for this activity? Is this in pairs or individually? How old was the narrator when she took this trip? What was the worst part of this trip? Snowboarding is similar to what sport? What was the narrator's favorite part of this trip? When students finish answering the questions, give them one minute to share and compare their answers with a classmate. Then, share answers in the main room. After that activity, Introduce the following "Like every single text, this has a structure or format to follow, we have the title, Characters, Introduction, body paragraph, and conclusion. I am going to give you this link, you are going to read the text again and identify those aspects in the text. You will be working individually and you have 4 minutes for this activity.

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

Introduce the linking words so they can use them in their text, cover MAFP (Language Analysis sheet)

Productive Task(s) (12-15 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

Now guys let's put those words into practice. Instructions: You will be creating a short story about something that you experienced for the first time. Here we have some examples. *nominate students to help read*. You can choose any of these topics or if you want something else, that will work too but remember it has to be something that you experienced for the first time. In order to succeed in this task, you need to check these points that will be taken into consideration to evaluate the task. Read the checklist points together. You have 15 minutes for this activity and this is individual work. ICQ: How much time do you have for this task? Can you write about anything or an experience you had for the first time? How much time do you have for this? In the end, put students in break-out rooms (pairs) and ask each other to share their story to their classmate.

Feedback and Error Correction (5-5 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

Check mispronounced words, false friends, grammar mistakes, L1 interference

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