Fortunately, Unfortunately

Fortunately, Unfortunately

This activity is particularly good for practicing the past simple (or also past simple, past continuous and past perfect). It can be used for almost any level. It can also be used as a general fluency activity.

  1. Explain that you are going to tell a story and each person is going to add one line to the story. You will begin the story (the first part might be more than one sentence) and the next person will continue the story.
  2. The second person has to begin, however, by using “Unfortunately,…”
  3. The following person has to then begin with “Fortunately…”
  4. The story continues as long as you want. If it ends too quickly, simply start a new one.

Some beginnings I like are:

      1. Maria had many children and many problems. One day, she found a winning lottery ticket on the ground.
      2. Pablo was in a hurry to get to the airport for a flight with his girlfriend to Tahiti.
      3. The dog was very hungry.
      4. And so on.

1-1: This works for 1-1, but for the second round, have the learner begin so that they have an opportunity to give the “Fortunately…” lines.


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