ERIC Number: ED408825
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jan
Chain Stories - A Collaborative Writing Activity.
Magee, Bronagh E.
Use of group story writing in second language classes is discussed, and specific instructional techniques are outlined. In this activity, students sit in a circle and each begins to write a story. The story beginning is passed to the next student, who adds a portion and passes the story on. This pattern continues until stories are completed and each student has his original paper. The result is a number of stories, each completely different, written by the same students. Students then read and discuss the stories, correcting as needed. The activity may be used to review vocabulary or grammar, be included in cultural lessons, such as discussion of holidays or traditions, or be based on photographs or pictures. The activity is appealing to students as an alternative to conventional, more academic writing exercises. Suggestions are made concerning timing of the exercise, group size, error correction, revision, and whether to provide a beginning sentence or have students create their own. Considerations based on students' cultural background or the mix of cultures represented are also discussed. Sample grammar-based, vocabulary-based, theme-based, and picture-based lessons using the chain story method are outlined in detail, with illustrations. (MSE)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
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