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Writing ebooks in school

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This time I am writing about an easy way to get children writing in English. First of all you need a nice story in form of a game just like "The wonderful wizard from Oz"

Suggestion for a pre-task: The group could watch the film in their own language first and then play together in small teams.


  1. You can download the game for free or buy it for a very low price. The game is a mix of adventure, hidden objects and a variety of riddles that will keep the children busy learning vocabulary and trying to help Dorothy find her way home. Let the children play in small groups and help them with vocabulary or problems they might encounter on their way.
  2.  After the children play the game the task can be:
    a. to write the adventure in the third person plural or the first person singular in simple past tense using regular and irregular verbs as if the whole team were Dorothy and her friends.
    b. children can write the adventure and use the first and third person singular practicing the simple present tense and personal pronouns.
  3. When the stories have been corrected by the teacher, the next step can start. The  class writes one or more ebooks. The tool I suggest for this task is storybird because it is easy to use and already has some ebooks written by children, which will hopefully motivate the class. So if they haven't written anything like that before, it is worth showing them the stories first. Storybird has images you can use, the book is almost instantly ready and can be shared with the world. The class can be proud of their success.
  4. As an extension of the project you may get children writing their own stories

Link: "The wonderful wizard from Oz"


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 I went round giving handouts and helping with questions. The handouts consisted of screenshots of the game with seven pictures and three questions to each picture in simple past and simple present.


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