Listening and Story Writing Activity

Listening and Story Writing Activity

Age Group: Elementary, Junior High School
Subject: Listening, Speaking
Goal of Lesson: students practice listening, speaking, writing, and team work skills
Time Needed: 20-30 minutes
Materials Needed: prepared 5-7 sentences stories or passages

I have an advanced level class of 5th graders. I like to challenge them with this activity so they can practice many skills at the same time.


First, I separate the class into pairs or groups of 3.



Next, I prepare a short story of 5-7 sentences that uses the vocabulary we have been working on.



Next, I designate one student in each group to be a writer. They have a pencil and piece of paper ready.



I designate another student to be the listener and the speaker.



The listener and the speaker go outside with me.



I tell them the story 3-4 times. When they are ready, they must go back into the classroom and tell the writer the same story.



If the student forgets some parts of the story, he/she can go out and ask me to read it again.



The activity ends when everyone is finsihed writing.



I then read the stories the students have written outloud to the class. Sometimes they are funny, and sometimes they are almost perfect. I point out vocabulary and spelling mistakes.



Next, we play again. The writers change, the speakers change and the story changes.



It's a fun activity and the teacher is not the central figure. Students must work together.


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