We began our first storytelling troupe meeting Sept. 20th. We were greeted by seven very enthusiastic 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. I'm usually greeted with 25 - 40 elementary aged kids so I was a bit disappointed - but only for a brief moment. After a fun ice breaking activity, I soon realized just how talented these kids were! The activity follows:
What'd You Have For Dinner?
1. Students pair up. Each student tells their partner what he/she ate for dinner last night. Give the kids about 4 minutes for both to talk.
2. Number each pair #1 and #2. The 1's must communicate their partner's meal as if it was the most delicious delightful meal ever eaten. The teller is not allowed to alter the contents of the meal. (This is where I realized just how intelligent and imaginative 11 - 14 year olds are!)
3. #2 partners are then asked to describe their partner's meal as if it were the most disgusting, worst excuse for food in the history of dining. The teller is not allowed to alter the contents of the meal.
We had so much fun with this activity! Try it out with your own students.