Storyboards are simple but effective ways to get students both speaking (telling) and writing. A real "whole skill/language" way to teach. It focuses on the objectives of both language production and writing, mainly of the past simple tense. (here are some free storyboards)
They are very simple to do.
1. Do one together. Put 6 pictures on the board or a power point and ask the students to tell a story using the pictures. Write down their simple sentences underneath.
2. Erase parts of the sentences and get the students to retell the story by taking turns in their groups.
3. Give the students the handout (see the one of Mr. X or the template). Tell them to either write the story or draw their own pictures and then write the story. Time permitting, two side the handout and do both. One as guided writing (pictures given) and the second as their own (personalized).
4. After students are finished and the teacher has monitored and corrected/assisted - get the students to share their stories in their groups. Best if they "fold up" their words and try to tell without reading. After, give to other group members who can then read what was told. This works!
Lots of repetition, lots of student motivation as they create their own work and product, a product they can be proud of.
A perfect lesson for a camp too! If you like Mr.X, see the video I made and materials - HERE.
Also see the Story category on Gif Lingua Books for loads of stories as examples.
Here are some more, pre-made, in a similar vein.
Writing organizers Story Board.pdf