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This short video is stellar and a good example of how you can make a basic writing exercise from a video activity. 

For all the activities, make sure to stop the video at 2 min 11 seconds.  Then students can do the activity, take up and then discuss how they think the video ends - ask them "Where did the man get off the bus?"

Students can also study the vocabulary for the story and read it on Gif Lingua Books. 

Activity 1 -  Simply play the video until 2:11.  Then provide the first handout and ask students to put the events in order. 1 to 15. Take up with the answer sheet provided. 

Activity 2 -  Students in pairs/groups cut up the provided sentences into slips.  Watch the video and students put the sentences in order as in Activity 1. Play again and pause, take up with students reading the correct sentence slip. 

Activity 3 -  Cut up the sentences (no numbers) as in Activity 2. Give one to each student. Students go around the room and read their sentence to each other. They try to put themselves in order from the first event to last. The teacher reads out the answers and students see if they are in the right order. If not, they go to the right spot. Students in the line then read the whole script.

Activity 4 -  After watching the video one time, play again, pausing at each action / sentence. Students use the blank writing sheet to write down a sentence representing the action. Continue pausing and giving students a minute to write their sentence. Play the video a third time pausing and having students read out their sentence narration. 

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