A fun storytelling game (writing or speaking activity) from Bryan Kandel. Check it out!

Bryan Kandel TPRS

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Here’s a game I tried last week.  I’ll explain the rules and how we “played” it for the first time.  Then, I’ll share some of my reflections for how it could be improved or adapted.  I would be very interested to hear input from others, so if you are looking for a story-based game, try this and let me know your thoughts.

The game is adapted from a game called Once Upon a Time.  There is actually a Spanish version to Once Upon a Time, but I wanted something simpler and with a wider range of high frequency vocabulary.

There’s not much to the game pieces, but there are several variations for how to play.  I started by creating cards with story elements in Spanish (characters, actions, descriptions, places).  They can be found here:

Cuentos – cards

I printed the pieces onto cardstock and cut them out.  I…

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3 replies on “Story Game

  1. Love this. In a detailed daily routine unit my students made 8 pictures/clip art of things they do in their day. Today they had 20 minutes to use them to concoct an ‘outrageous’ day story. Many combined elements of both. During the 20 min. ‘creating period’ we paid close attention to conjunctions and adverbs that could jazz up the story. Then they went around sharing with other groups – it required fast on your feet thinking as many ‘listeners’ took the time to ask questions during the stories for more detail. Partners loved it, review and use of key items was great. Thanks for the post for the inspiration!


  2. We did an ‘offshoot’ of this today and it was fabulous. As part of a revisited ‘daily routine’ unit students had previously drawn/download/clipart 10 pictures to describe thing in their day. Today students in pairs had 20 minutes to use the pics (one set or a combination of both) and come up with an ‘outrageous’ day. On the board I put some resources that included new conjunctions and adverb use reminders! During the ‘telling time’ they visited with 3 other pairs. They told their stories, and even answered questions on the fly about what was happening. It relied on the story being comprehensible to the other pair. After they were asked to comment on ‘what improved for you’ during the activity. Many talked about improving their speaking speed, how much vocabulary they remember. They really liked being able to ‘re-tell’ it a couple of times and add even more details. Thanks for the inspiration – more to come!


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