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Detective Story

Subject: Storytelling


Skills: Writing, Speaking, Listening.

Level: B1

Recommended Age: 16+

Number of Participants: 4-12 players.

Time: 30-40 minutes.

Place: Classroom.

Equipment: Board.

Materials: A piece of chalk / a marker.

Preliminary Preparation. Not required.

Immediate Preparation (5-7 minutes). First write down on the board the following or any similar quiestions:

How many guests knew the secret?

When was the champagne poisoned?

Who locked the door?

Why was the body near the window?

What was burnt in the chimney?

Whose footprints were in the garden?

Where is the diamond?


Next ask each player to write a short detective story in his/her notebook, answering these quiestions.

How to Play. When everyone is ready, the players take turns to read out their essays. The winner is the player, whose detective story is considered to be the best. If necessary, you can invite the players to vote.

Advice. Since the task takes a long time to complete, it is rational to set it for homework. In this case, the game itself is held in the next lesson.