This is a great activity I picked up from Catherine Morley‘s workshop on Dictation at the TESOL-SPAIN conference. It’s similar to the Wacky Web Tales site, but uses a simpler story which students will find easy to understand. You can find a downloadable version of the activity in the Games section on my Activities for your Classsroom page.
First, ask your students to write the following items in there notebook with the number next to it.
1. Favourite colour
2. Adjective to describe the weather
3. Favourite male (actor / singer / celebrity)
4. Boy’s name
6. Type of transport
9. Place (city / country)
10. Item of clothing
11. Place in a town (shop / building)
12. Activity (in the -ing form)
15. Adjective to describe emotion
Then, tell them you are going to dictate a story to them and that when you say a number, they should complete the gap with the corresponding word.
It was a (2) day in (5). I was in (9) and I was drinking some (14). Suddenly, the phone rang. It was (3) and his friends. They were (15) because I was late. So I put on my (1) (10) and picked up my (13). I made sure that (4) the (7) had some (8) and left. I quickly went by (6) to (11). When I arrived I was surprised to see my friends were (12) there.
Students can then compare their stories. For homework, they can decide what happens next.