gallery/logo 50

Ideas for English Lessons

gallery/detective story 3

Detective Story

Subject: Writing


Skills: Writing, Speaking, Listening.

Level: B1

Recommended Age: 16+

Participants Number: 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). Write 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, answering these quiestions.

How to Play. When everybody 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 vote.

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