Alright, teachers, here’s a post for you. (I know, sorry, it’s been a while since I posted teachery thoughts. You know, summer break and all. : ))
Okay, so each student has his own paper to start his own story. Students sit in a circle (either a circle of smaller students or, if you really have a lot of time, in larger groups (if your school gives you more time for creativity, please let me know. I want to come teach there!) um yes, that was a parentheses inside a parentheses).
Anyway, the teacher might give a writing prompt as a place to start. Students write for 2 or 3 minutes and then pass their writing on to the next student. For example, Shelley wrote this:
**Tip: If reading the pictures is difficult, click on the image for a zoomed-in view.
As students passed the papers around the circle, Shelley handed her story to Blanca, and Shelley got a new story to continue adding to. Blanca read what Shelley had written and then continued writing:
Blanca passed the story on to Maria, and after she read what both Shelley and Blanca had written, she added her two cents:
Today we were only seated as groups of 4, so the fourth student had the pressure of finding a conclusion to this wacky tale. So the final student (who shall remain nameless at this time… see if you can guess) wrapped it up with:
This was an activity from our Metodologías Bilingües class. It’s a great team-building strategy as students laugh together as they read their final stories. You might also use it as a first draft activity before demonstrating revision techniques for clarifying your writing.
And yes, you guessed correctly. The last writer was yours truly. : )