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Write up a bunch situations on slips on paper like "scored the winning goal for my soccer team", "broke up with my girlfriend/boyfriend", "had my bike stolen and I saw the thief", "my aunt gave me $400 and I spent it all today". Have a slip ready for every student, maybe repeat a couple of the situations if you like them. The students chose a slip from your hand and have to write 1 page on the situation that they find themselves with. They have to write as they they were writing to their diary that evening. They'll have to use their imaginations a bit to provide more of a story line and details, plus they can add stuff like "dinner was also really good tonight".
Give it a shot! John Reid
Vancouver, BC Canada
johnhreid@shaw.ca

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