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Drama Games for Teens, Part 2: Improvisation Games By Cheryl Catzman

April 15, 2013

In the first part of this article, two drama games were introduced that can be used as icebreakers in a class geared toward teens. Here are two other games that promote creativity and thinking on one’s feet:

1. The One Word Story
This popular game has many names depending on where it is played. First, the class sits in a circle formation. The goal is for the class to tell a story together, with each person adding one word at a time to the story. The first person, for instance, will say the word “One.” The next person will add “day,” and each student in turn will add another single word until the string of words becomes a sentence. After several students have contributed a word, the story begins to take shape thus: “One…day…there…was…a…cat.” The story then develops to its natural end, or until the teacher chooses to shift the activity.

Another Option: Have each member of the class add a sentence rather than a word. This moves the game along faster and often proves more engaging, particularly for younger students.

2. The Alphabet Game
This game requires two players to make up a scene in which each line begins with the next letter of the alphabet. Example:

Actor 1: Arnold, nice to see you here!
Actor 2: Being here is great.
Actor 1: Cecily coming?

And so on.

About the Author

For more than 40 years, Cheryl Catzman taught high school English and drama classes in Brampton, Ontario.

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