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).
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.
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.
Compact First, Peter Kay (2012)
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