Creative story writing using equipment relating to the health and childcare professions

Beskrivelse: 

The students are divided into groups and each group has to select a number of items from a bag using the lucky dip approach. They then have to write a story which involves themselves as the characters, together with the items that they have chosen. The aim is to develop skills in a number of areas: group work, creative thinking, creative writing at the same time as learning key words that the students will use in their future professions. It also presents an opportunity to discuss working in a multicultural society. The students think it's a fun activity too.

All of my students love this task and get really involved. Perhaps because they themselves are characters in the story, they remain focussed throughout the task. They have produced some fantastic and often hilarious stories. I like this activity because it uses so many different skills and allows the students to become familiar with the English names for everyday equipment and place those words in a real context instead of just a vocabulary list.

Divide the students into groups.

First ask the students to discuss in their groups why it is important they they can name important items that they will use in their profession in English and can use them in the correct context. Have a class discussion.

Each group then picks out a set number of items from a bag, held by the teacher. They are not allowed to see what they are choosing, but have to put their hand in and grab hold of something and pull it out. This is called a lucky dip. I try and give each student a turn to pull an item out of the bag.

See if the students can name/write the items that they have pulled out in English. Write them up on the board as the students name them. The students can be given a hand-out with the items written in English and Norwegian afterwards.

The group has to then create a story which has themselves as the characters and includes all of the items that they have selected. I have never needed to assist groups or set boundaries, they just come up with their own ideas. You can assist the students with their sentence building, vocabulary and grammar if needs be.

The groups then proceed to write up their stories.

The final part of the task is that the groups have to read out their story to the rest of the class. The whole group can take turns to read, or they can nominate a reader. Sometimes they want to practise a little beforehand.

If you want to, you can collect in the texts and correct the grammar.

All of my students love this task and get really involved. Perhaps because they themselves are characters in the story, they remain focussed throughout the task. They have produced some fantastic and often hilarious stories. I like this activity because it uses so many different skills and allows the students to become familiar with the English names for everyday equipment and place those words in a real context instead of just a vocabulary list.

A bag, which is filled with a selection of equipment that the students will use in their future professions (see item file above for suggestions). The students can use paper and pen or computer to write up their stories.