Sometimes we ask our students to write stories. This is great practice of past tenses and written fluency and it’s a lot more fun than doing grammar exercises. Usually, the students work together to plan and write the first version of the story then they finish it for homework. Our teachers like to see something that the students have written at least once a week as it gives them a great opportunity to see what problems the students and what they are good at.
This time Claire’s intermediate class were given 2 newspaper headlines to write a story about. They were studying past tenses and doing a topic on law and crime we think they did quite well.
Read the stories: Which one has a happy ending?
WOMAN FINDS SUITCASE FULL OF MONEY ON TRAIN
1, One day Maria from Spain took a train to Italy. She was sitting in the second carriage because she had arrived late at the train station. While she was entering the train, a man bumped into her when he was getting off the train.
During the journey, she was surprised because she found a suitcase that someone had forgotten as the train started.
After few minutes, she decided open the suitcase and she was shocked because there was about 1 million Euros in it.
2, Andrea Chiquita, a 23 year old woman who lives in Barcelona was in the train to her new job. It was a Monday morning around 7.15 and she was very late for her new job as a cleaner. She fell down and suddenly she saw a suitcase under the seat. The carriage was empty so she took the suitcase. She was flabbergasted when she opened it; there were a lot of notes and a few cocaine packets.
She arrived at Plaza central Station and carefully put the drugs in a bin, because she didn’t want to have any trouble. Unfortunately, there were policemen with sniffer dogs in the train station and they managed to find the drugs. The police wanted to know who had put the drugs in the bin so they watched the surveillance video and saw a young woman throwing away the cocaine.
As soon as the police saw her on the video, they could identify her and they started to catch her. However, while she was running out of the station, she fell down; broke her leg and she couldn’t carry on. So the police were able to catch her.
She tried to explain why she did that and what had happened. She went to jail for a few months because she was found guilty of running away but not of dealing drugs.
3, Last week, a woman, when she was travelling to Oxford Circus Station on the tube, noticed a big and black suitcase. So, she decided to open the suitcase. To her surprise, she found 1 million pounds.
First of all, she didn’t know what to do but after, she took the suitcase to the police station. Because of this act, she got a reward of 30%. She was famous in her country because of her honesty.
MAN SHOT OUTSIDE HIS HOME
4. An innocent man called Jerry Bean, who had a misunderstanding with the Japanese mafia, was shot last night.
The misunderstanding happened because Mr Bean looks like his brother Garry. Garry Bean is the chairman of another mafia.
Jerry Bean was arriving home when two men riding a motorbike shot him in front of his wife and some people walking in the area.
During an interview with a witness, Mr Brown, he told us that it was a mistake and he was a good man and the head of a family and certainly, he hadn’t done anything wrong.
Now the police are trying to discover which mafia group is behind this crime. They are also investigating Garry Bean and the war between the families.
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