Everyone loves stories, don't they? Here's a song clip that tells a good one, which I've used as the basis for learners (Upper Intermediate+) then writing their own stories.
The procedure is basically this, with a couple of options that I in fact usually skip out for lack of time:
- (Optionally) Import 5-6 stills from the first minute or so of the video on to an interactive whiteboard (IWB) page and have learners talk to a partner to see if they can guess what the story is going to be, which they will then confirm or refute at the next stage
- Watch the first 60 seconds of the clip, with the sound off and learners talking each other through it as they watch
- (Optionally) Replay with the sound on, to confirm or refute their ideas
- Play the next two minutes of the clip (sound off!) and have the learners talk to each other about what is going through his mind
- Stop the clip just as he reaches for the doorbell and have the learners predict how it's going to end
- Watch the ending and have learners talk to each other about why what happens does happen
- (Optionally) Exploit the song itself in a variety of ways
- Have learners use the vocabulary that will come up as the basis of their own version of a similar story
- The stories are then shared on a class blog, or via Edmodo, for enjoyment and comment from peers
Their version of the story can twist the video version in any way they wish: my only requirement is that they reuse at least some of whatever vocabulary has come up in class.