photo by flamingoo
This idea came from a session at CSC on theater that was generally so awful that I left halfway through. Really, it was so bad it was painful. But, I came away with this activity that I thought I could make work in my classroom.
In “Cuento poco a poco,” I use the fruit machine chooser to randomly choose a student to start. Then, the student has to begin a story with something from the first category. So, if it is ‘things that are blue,’ the student may say, ‘En un planeta azul vivía un mónstruo’ or something else according to his/her ability. Then the next student picks up the story by adding a detail from the next category. Make sense? These are the categories I started with:
• Cosas que son verdes• Un sonido extraño
• Cosas que son cuadrados
• Cosas que son altos
• Una acción inesperada
• Un pariente
• Un hábito curioso
• Una persona en un show de televisión
• Un fin triste
The first time we did this, I found an unexpected benefit: the first time around, some students added a random detail that seemed disjointed and didn’t actually further the story, like “the monkey had a grandfather who was a giraffe.” So I explained that students should incorporate all the details together to make a coherent story. It made them listen to each other more and use other students’ details to come up with a logical continuity. Sounds like subtle AP practice to me. 🙂 We changed random words to whatever they wanted (green to red, tall to fat, sad to tragic, etc.) and began again, with a different student starting.Thoughts?