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quinta-feira, 30 de janeiro de 2014

Writing Activity.

Some time ago. I can barely remember the year, but I guess it was a year ago – I’m not sure about that –, I asked my advanced students to complete a story using their imagination. I went online I found just the first lines of a story about a woman called Naomi Jensen (Fictitious name, I reckon) and asked them to finish it. The objective of this writing activity was to provide those students with the opportunity to practice the historical present in English.

Here there is one of the stories written by one of my students. It is a very nice activity to do, but the teacher should talk and present the historical present before asking them to do the task.

If you ever find any kind of mistake, please do not worry. It was a student taking the risk in order to try to improve his writing skill.


When Naomi Jensen is kidnapped, it takes her parents two days to realize she is missing. Escape is not high on her list of priorities when all she has to return to is an abusive boyfriend and parents who never paid much attention to her. For the first time in her life she is part of a family- even if it is a family of criminals. But she is still a captive. In a desperate attempt to regain some control in her life, Naomi embarks on a dangerous plan to make one of her kidnappers think she is falling in love with him. The plan works too well, and when faced with the chance to escape, Naomi is not sure she wants to take it.

Michael Scofield is her handsome kidnapper, and he is an engineer. The reason for the crime was only to get some money to escape from United States to live in Mexico. Naomi, who has a very boring life, really falls in love with Scofield. Nevertheless, the problem is that he is wanted by the police, so she cannot have an easy life since the moment she decided to go with him to Mexico.

In the same day, when she did not want to escape, she tells Scofield everything about her escape plan, and he cries for such love that he found. The new plan is to set up; now, they have to get money for both of them to move to Mexico.

They start robbing banks, supermarkets, and drugstores. They steal $10 million. It is enough money to spend in their whole life, but, not everything is easy. They are arrested at the last attempt to get money at Big City Mall. Scofield says that Naomi did not participate in the crimes, and only he is arrested.

Scofield chooses to go to the prison at Tennessee, called Fox Rivers, where Lincoln Burrows, his lovely brother is arrested. Naomi, who is a very good nurse, changes his identification to Sara Tancredi and applies her CV to work at the same prison. Scofield always has everything arranged, and this situation was planned before. He has all the structure of the prison on his tattoos (he did all his tattoos a week before), so, the way for the freedom is breaking out the prison.

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