Quick Activity Idea: “Yes, But…” Dialogue Game

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.

For example:

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)

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