19.3.13

Writing tip nº 5: WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF…? (2nd Conditional)


This writing technique proposed by Rodari in his 'The Grammar of Fantasy' uses hypotheses to make up stories.

It's quite easy because you only have to randomly choose a subject and a verb, possibly logically disconnected one from another. 

For example: 
bath / fly
toy / speak
cow / give an interview
mountain / walk
Oklahoma City / is surrounded by the sea
candies / rain
Rollerblades / travel through time
etc.

More ideas:

What would happen if a cow was interviewed by Oprah?
What would happen if you could walk on a rainbow?
What would happen if your school was a boat?
What would happen if you could speak Chinese?
What would happen if all the cars in your city couldn't move?
What would happen if you could pop into your favorite program right through your own TV?

Your students can answer the question using their imaginative skills and create really amusing and fun stories.

The more they can talk about their own lives and experiences the more they will be able to enhance their essays.

Actually, why don't you use this writing tip to create an unusual school bulletin? 
It would be challenging and entertaining!

In the picture: What would happen if a glass elevator got into an Earth orbit?
Illustrator: Ashlyn Anstee


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