Student Projects

Duration: one session

Another Time, Another Place

This project is for practicing REPORTED SPEECH. Teams design a scenario, a setting, and a quote. Then other teams are challenged with reporting it in other settings/scenarios. See how many they can do in under a minute.

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Looking Ahead

This project is for practicing FUTURE INFINITIVES (verb patterns). Students write down hopes, intentions, expectations, and more for the next month, year, and couple decades.

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Memes

A popular way of expression on the internet is through memes. Depending on their age and access to the internet, your students probably see memes quite frequently. Why not take the opportunity to use them to practice English?

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Synonyms based on Emotion

In this project, we’ll look at synonyms for verbs that incorporate an emotion or attitude that the doer of the action (the subject) exhibits. Given a list of synonyms for an action, students must identify an emotion or attitude that is associated with each.

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Offbeat Colors

Students should know the standard colors pretty well, but do they know colors like chartreuse, fuchsia, mauve, or periwinkle? This project is an opportunity to describe what’s new to them using elements that are more familiar.

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Story Cards

Design elements of stories on cards. You can use them as prompts later, but for now, your class can put the ideas on paper.

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Treasure Hunts

Students will write notes to help their classmates find ‘treasures’ hidden around the school. Different types of notes will require students to call upon different grammar or vocabulary skills.

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Story Prompts: What If?

Whether you’re doing a brief writing exercise or getting started on a full project on stories, sometimes your students’ minds need to be primed to get those creative juices flowing. Here are some what-if questions to explore.

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Storyboarding

Students create an outline of a story they know well. But instead of just words accompanied by bullet points, they’ll have more of a visual component to it and show the flow of progression.

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Poetry Prompt: Pentina

A pentina is a poem in which the same five words are repeated (each stanza) at the end of the line. Crafting such a poem means using the same words in different ways, so this is a good way to practice using words with multiple meanings or words that can be different parts of speech.

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Show, Don’t Tell

A common adage among writers is “show, don’t tell”.  Writing in this way prompts students to think of different ways to express the same thing.  Students will have to use expressions and imagery – like native speakers do in most situations – instead of being straightforward.

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Essay Prompts: This vs. That

Make your students form an argument as to why something is better than the alternative.  As essay-writing practice, here are twenty topics.  Students should choose which of a pair to support, and their arguments could be subjective, objective, or both.

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Story Prompts: First Sentences

Whether you’re doing a fun exercise of flash fiction or you’re practicing a particular language topic, sometimes your students need a little push to get started.  Here are ten first sentences of potential stories.

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Make Your Own Zodiac

Zodiacs incorporate a lot of different elements and group the specifics together in interesting ways.  Getting your students to design their own zodiac allows you to review multiple topics.  It also requires reasoning and encourages creativity.

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