Skills practiced: Ordering, use of words, vocabulary building, creativity, fine motor skills.
H1 Finish the story
a. Picture from a well-known story or of a situation easily recognized by the group and that can have possible continuing actions (for instance, a person just about to fall into a puddle).
b. A board or large piece of paper to “publish” a story.
Show the picture and ask the group to tell what they see. Then ask them to suggest different endings to the story.
“Publish” the best story (funniest, most descriptive of surroundings, most different words used) OR “Publish” as many stories as possible.
Save the story/stories for future reading exercises.
Optional Worksheet #A1: Put the pictures in order.
Additional free story sequencing worksheets:
H2 Problem-solving Story
The group will make up a story to tell or read that solves a problem.
Paper and (coloured) pencils; board, or big piece of paper to ‘publish’ a story.
- Explain that each person (or group) will make up a story about a tricky situation, a problem which must be solved (for example, someone is standing on a stone in the river and his foot slips or someone is babysitting their little sister and sees her climbing into the well).
- If there are only a few in the group, have everyone make up his or her own story, draw it, and tell it to the others.
- If there are many people, divide into small groups. Each group makes up one story and the drawings to go with it.
- It might be necessary to provide the tricky situation or to “brain storm” to think of several options.
- Save the story/stories for future reading exercises.
H3 Three Things Story
The group will make up a story about three different things.
Three objects not usually used together in the same place. For example: bucket, wheel, and a seed OR a nail, a plate, and a blanket. Large piece of paper to “publish” a story.
- Place the three objects clearly in front of everyone.
- Everyone then makes up a story with all three objects in it.
- “Publish” the best story (funniest, most descriptive of surroundings, most different words used) OR let the group choose the best story to “publish”
OR “publish” as many stories as possible.
- Save the story/stories for future reading exercises
Variation: Make up the story as a group. The leader starts by picking up one object and beginning the story. They pass the next object on to the next person, who adds to the story. That person then passes another object on to the person next to them, who adds to the story, and so on, all around the group. Shy people should be given the option of saying only one word.
H4 Create-a-Creature Story
Group members will draw a fantasy animal, make up a story about it, then tell it seriously and dramatically to the group.
Paper and coloured pencils for each person; a way to collect the papers together into a book (stapler, or needle and string)
- Tell a story about a made-up-animal. For example, “I heard a noise outside my door. I went to look. I didn’t see anything. Just a big fuzzy pink ribbon. When I tried to pick it up, it moved! It was a tail! And the rest of the animal was as strange as the tail . . ..”
- Have each person think up a strange animal.
- Ask two or three people to describe an animal they think up.
- Have everyone draw an imaginary animal on a piece of paper.
- The leader may write words next to the drawing like neck, tail, hair, nose, etc. Make sure that everyone adds something of the surroundings to their drawings, too, so the place can be recognized in the village or neighborhood.
- Have people take turns telling a short story about their animal.
- Make a booklet of the drawings. Hopefully others will be interested in looking at it.