A grammar maze
Spot the booboo
You can play this game anywhere!
Their, they’re or there?
Here you have a step by step lesson plan for writing individual stories, following a model from which lots of ideas can be generated. The model clearly highlights the difference in meaning for these three commonly confused words. There’s also an adaptation needing higher level reasoning. Another story model is an optional extra, or you can use it as an alternative to the first one.
Could have, would have, must have (+ verb)
This is a guessing game about famous people (who unfortunately must have died), with a two step adaptation for younger learners. The game can be done in pairs, groups or as a whole class. These activities emphasise that while people may think they heard e.g. “could of tried to be an outlandishly fine comedian”, they most certainly didn’t!
Punctuation changes meanings
First a single unpunctuated sentence is shown which happens to be so ambiguous that it can mean two completely opposite ideas. After that has been teased into submission by various means, an entire letter which is similarly unclear is given. They are both rather melodramatic, so be warned…