Sometimes students don’t know how to start a story. I’ve created this activity to help them brainstorm and then write a story. The activity can be used with intermediate students and above and it takes about 45 minutes. If we want them to write a story in class they should be given 30 more minutes.
These are the steps of the activity:
1. We ask students what they know about the story of Romeo and Juliet, who wrote it, when, etc. They have to collect information in groups.
2. The information is shared with the whole classroom.
3. We play the following video, a trailer of the most famous film based on the story of Romeo and Juliet. They can use it to brainstorm more information.
4. Students listen to the song “Love Story” by Taylor Swift. The song is a modern version of what can happen to any Juliet of today’s world. You can find its lyrics here.
5. The groups formed at the beginning of the lesson are rearranged and students start deciding which information is going to be included in the story.
6. Now we have different options:
a) Students write a story at home.
b) Each group writes a story in class.
c) Students write a story collaboratively using Google Docs.