Colored Paper and Speaking
As strange as this may sound, I have found that students write much more when they are given colored paper and pens.
Using colored paper can also lead to a simple speaking activity. Have half of your class write a story (whatever you had planned) on one color...say green. Have the other half write on a different color -blue for instance. When the students finish their writing collect all the papers and put one color at one end of the room and the other color at the other end. Pair off the students matching one blue with one green. The students must retell their story to their partner. When they have finished speaking they must find each others papers...NOTE: STUDENTS MUST NOT SIGN THEIR NAMES TO THEIR PAPERS.
I have found this method extremely effect because it gives the students a tangible reason to listen actively to each other's stories.
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