FCE Schools: Story

Many students think that a story is the easy option in Part 2 of the writing but I’m sad to say they are gravely mistaken. Writing a story is probably more demanding, grammatically and linguistically than any other – duh! there are no set expressions, etc! It’s a “free” writing but with many students it’s literally a “free fall”. AAAAAAHHHH!!!

They are alone before the danger of failing – with only a trusty “prompt sentence” and two notes to help them. Uff! The odds are heavily stacked against them ……or not!

Here is a FCE question and answer  (slightly improved) taken from Compact First (Cambridge).

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Step 1: Give out page 1 of the student’s worksheet and ask them to read the question carefully. Ask them to read the plan, paying close attention to what is expected of them.

Step 2: Ask them to complete the story with the verbs given in the correct tense.

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Step 3: Give out page 2 and ask the students to underline or highlight the time words, action verbs, adjectives and adverbs in the story.

Step 4: Present the powerpoint –  encouraging the students to correct their worksheets and to highlight the other information asked for on the pptx.   Note: each slide gives the students a chance to identify the finer points of the story.

Sample Slides







Compact First, Peter Kay (2012)

Free Powerpoint

FCE Schools Story

Free Lesson Plan

FCE Schools Story Teacher

StUdent Worksheet

FCE Schools Story



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