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Detective story with Story Cubes – a lesson activity

Written by Ioannes Oculus

One of the great ways of engaging my students in using the language is to make them tell stories. Unfortunately, some of them are very shy. They don’t believe they can come up with a good story, so they even don’t want to try. That’s why I prepared a very simple sheet that helps them prepare their first crime story. They have to work out who the detective is, then decide what happened,  who did it and why. When they know the crime they can decide what clues let the detective find out who the murderer/thief etc was. At the final stage, their task is to describe the situation in which the criminal was caught. Then, when they collected all the information, telling the story is much easier!

You can buy the original Story Cubes on Amazon:

Amazon (UK):

Amazon (DE):


Story Cubes w akcji.

Story Cubes used to make a detective story.

You can download the pdf files to print them out for your students:

English: Detective story with Story Cubes EN

German: Detective story with Story Cubes DE

Polish: Detective story with Story Cubes PL

About the author

Ioannes Oculus

I am addicted to languages, both modern and ancient. No language is dead as long as we can read and understand it. I want to share my linguistic passion with like minded people. I am also interested in history, astronomy, genealogy, books and probably many others. My goals now are to write a novel in Latin, a textbook for Latin learners, Uzbek-Polish, Polish-Uzbek dictionary, modern Uzbek grammar and textbook for learners. My dream is to have a big house in UK or USA where I could keep all my books and have enough time and money to achieve my goals.

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