When Everything Was the Wrong Way Round- Opposites Story

A LESSON PLAN FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS

Level: Intermediate
Topic: General
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Published: 15th May 2017

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When Everything Was the Wrong Way Round- Opposites Story
Instructions for teachers and parents
The story in given in two versions, a big version for reading together and a smaller one for 
reading in small groups and/ or photocopying to keep. 

As you read the story together, they can guess what is going to happen on the next day, 
specifically whether the next day will be stranger or if things will be back to normal. After 
you read the part of the next day that says the level of strangeness, they can brainstorm 
examples of things with that level of strangeness. Then as you introduce each specific 
topic (e.g. 
“cereal”), they can guess what might be wrong with that thing. On the very last 
page, they can guess how Tom feels about everything being back to normal, maybe with 
opposites pairs like 
“happy”/ “sad” and “relieved”/ “disappointed”

When they finish reading the story, they can be tested on the opposites, test each other on
the opposites, draw (some) pictures for the story, write more examples of things on each 
day of this story, and/ or write similar stories.

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2017

One-page version
When Everything was the Wrong Way Round An opposites story by Alex Case
When Tom woke up on Monday morning everything seemed a little strange. 

His door was shut and locked and his curtains were open. His bedroom was neat and tidy 
and his parents’ bedroom was messy. And when he went down for breakfast 

the cornflakes were hot and the coffee was cold. On the way to school

the bicycles were noisy and the cars were quiet. In school 

soccer was hard but maths was easy, and at lunchtime 

there were a few pieces of spaghetti and many pieces of chicken. On Monday evening 
Tom was happy to get back to bed, but on Tuesday morning, everything seemed stranger. 

The carpet was on his bed and the pillow was under. In the bathroom 

the water came up out of the plughole and went up into the taps. At breakfast 

his brother took cereal out of his mouth and put it into his bowl. At school 

the year one pupils were tall, the oldest kids were short, and the teachers were so short 
that they couldn’t write on the whiteboard or sit on their chairs. On Wednesday morning

everything was completely the wrong way round. But soon it seemed normal that 

there were rough sheets and smooth carpets, huge ants and tiny buses, curtains behind 
the windows and a whiteboard in front of the teacher. It even seemed normal that 

the students gave lunch and the school chefs took it. So on Thursday Tom wasn’t sur-
prised that 

the table was soft and his food was hard, the ground was up and the sky was down, the 
sun was near but his front gate was far far away, and the corridors were wide but the 
classrooms were narrow. But on Friday morning everything seemed to have changed 
again. When he woke up

the bathroom was tidy and his hair was messy. His parents were nice and his brother was 
nasty. The cornflakes were soft and the toast was hard and crunchy. On the way to school

the kids looked tired and sleepy, not energetic like the little old ladies. At lunch

the food looked disgusting but actually was yummy. And while Tom was eating that tasty 
but revolting looking meal, he realised

that everything was back to normal. THE END

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2017

When 
Everything 
was the 
Wrong Way 
Round

An opposites story by Alex Case

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2017

When Tom woke up 
on Monday morning 
everything seemed a 
little strange. 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2017

His door was shut and
locked and his 
curtains were open. 
His bedroom was neat
and tidy and his 
parents’ bedroom was
messy. 

And when he went 
down for breakfast 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2017

the cornflakes were 
hot and the coffee 
was cold. 

On the way to school

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2017

the bicycles were 
noisy and the cars 
were quiet. 

In school 

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soccer was hard but 
maths was easy, and 
at lunchtime 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2017

there were a few 
pieces of spaghetti 
and many pieces of 
chicken. 

On Monday evening 
Tom was happy to get 
back to bed, but

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2017

on Tuesday morning, 
everything seemed 
stranger.

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2017

The carpet was on his
bed and the pillow 
was under. 

In the bathroom 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2017

the water came up out
of the plughole and 
went up into the taps. 

At breakfast 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2017

his brother took cereal
out of his mouth and 
put it into his bowl.  

At school 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2017

the year one pupils 
were tall, the oldest 
kids were short, and 
the teachers were so 
short that they 
couldn’t write on the 
whiteboard or sit on 
their chairs. 

On Wednesday 
morning

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2017

everything was com-
pletely the wrong way 
round. 

But soon it seemed 
normal that 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2017

there were rough 
sheets and smooth 
carpets, huge ants 
and tiny buses, 
curtains behind the 
windows and a 
whiteboard in front of 
the teacher. It even 
seemed normal that 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2017

the students gave 
lunch and the school 
chefs took it. 

So on Thursday Tom 
wasn’t surprised that 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2017

the table was soft and 
his food was hard, the
ground was up and 
the sky was down, the
sun was near but his 
front gate was far far 
away, and the cor-
ridors were wide but 
the classrooms were 
narrow. 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2017

But on Friday morning
everything seemed to 
have changed again. 
When he woke up

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2017

the bathroom was tidy
and his hair was 
messy. His parents 
were nice and his 
brother was nasty. 
The cornflakes were 
soft and the toast was 
hard and crunchy. 

On the way to school

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2017

the kids looked tired 
and sleepy, not 
energetic like the little 
old ladies. 

At lunch

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2017

the food looked 
disgusting but actually
was yummy. And 
while Tom was eating 
that tasty but revolting
looking meal, he 
realised

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2017

that everything was 
back to normal.

THE END

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2017

Opposites presentation
Without looking above, write opposites of the words below. Other words may be possible.
shut/ closed
neat/ tidy
hot
noisy
hard/ difficult
few/ a few
on/ above
out
tall
rough
huge
behind
give/ gave
soft
up
near/ close
wide
nice
tired/ sleepy
disgusting/ revolting

Use the words below to fold to help. 

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cold
down
easy
energetic
far
hard
in
in front of
many
messy
narrow
nasty
open
quiet
short
smooth
take/ took
tiny
under/ below
yummy/ delicious/ tasty

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2017

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