Students work cooperatively to learn about and practice dialogue improvisation.
- Separate the class into two groups: Group 1 and Group 2.
- Ask the groups to line up with the first student in each group facing each other and the rest of the students looking at the backs of their group mates.
- Decide which group is to go first (flip a coin, pick a number…).
- Shout out a topic sentence that the groups have to base their dialogue on.
- If Group 1 gets to go first, the first student in the line in that group begins by saying a sentence that relates to the topic beginning with “Yes, but…”
- After saying their sentence, this student runs to the back of their group’s line, and the first student in Group 2 has to say a sentence in reply Group 1’s sentence, beginning with “Yes, but…” When they finish they run to the back of their group.
- Keep repeating the process until all the students have had a chance to say a “Yes, but…” sentence.
- Time how fast the class can complete the game. Play the game often, and try to beat the time.
Topic Sentence: I would love to travel to Alaska to see the northern lights!
A (in line 1): Yes, but it’s so cold. (runs to the of back line 1 and C is now in the front of line 1)
B (in line 2): Yes, but it’s a once in a life time experience.(runs to the back of line 2 and D is now in the front of line 2)
C (in line 1): Yes, but it only happens late at night! (runs to the back of line 1 and now E is in front of line 1)
D (in line 2): Yes, but…(the game continues)