Purpose: narrative arc, continuity, improv, story structure, teamwork
Materials/Playing Space: none
Description: 4 players stand in a shoulder to shoulder line. the teacher acts as the “conductor”. The objective is to tell a complete story from beginning to end using logical sequencing. Whenever the conductor points to one of the four students, they will begin speaking. Then, the conductor will point to another student, and they will have to pick up where the previous student left off, even if it was in the middle of a sentence. This continues until the story has reached a resolution.
Notes/Sidecoaching: It may be helpful to ask the students in the “audience” for material to help inspire the story. For example, you could ask for one or two of the following:
- Main character’s name
- What kind of animal is the main character?
- What job does the main character have?
- What is the main character’s big problem?
- What is the setting for our story?
Integration Ideas: beginning/middle/end, creative writing, narrative writing, etc.
You could also adapt the game for a review or pretest of prior knowledge for example, instead of asking the group to tell a story, you could ask them to tell you everything they know about animals that live in the ocean, pollution, Abraham Lincoln, etc.