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WORD DRAMA GAMES

SAMPLE GAME: WORD TENNIS Free Drama Resources

Word drama games are great in a confined classroom, you can play them without having a set drama space.

They link in well with English lessons and help students speak on their feet.

The sample game offered here is probably the simplest verbal game to organise and has endless category possibilities.

Other word games featured in the Top 50 Drama Games Unpacked kit test the students vocal dexterity, role playing voices and use the phone as a favourite acting prop. They are: Tongue Twisters, Boom Chicka Boom, You’re Wanted on the Telephone, and World’s Worst Thing To Say.

WORD TENNIS

BASIC DESCRIPTION

Four students sit in chairs in a row at the front. The category is given and they need to name any item that belongs. Eg. FRUIT: they may say apple, the next person must chose a different fruit, and so on. Go along the line of four, then back to first person. Keep repeating until someone is out because they took longer than 5 seconds or repeated one already said by others in the line. Someone fills the out person’s chair and the category changes. The person who filled the place starts off.

HELPFUL HINTS

Often played with two players, firing words one after the other, hence the name tennis, but in a big class we use four so more get a turn. Can pair them off to try all at them same time but does get very noisy. Most times they like being the audience and counting down the time out or being the buzzer sound when someone repeats a choice. Mix up easy and hard categories. We often finish with a championship round with the four people who stayed in the longest in the normal rounds. ( With colours I tend to not allow light and dark of colours) The teacher is the final referee for disputes about answers.

LIST OF IDEAS

Suggestions for the different categories are listed.

Good idea to do some easy ones, then a harder one so some people don’t stay in all game. If you know the new player will struggle a bit, give an easier category so they don’t get out first up. With older groups you can get really creative with topics.

 

EASY CATEGORIES

Girl’s names

Boy’s names

Colours

Fruit

Sports

Parts of the body

Clothing

Animals

Something blue

Something red

Something starts with M

Farm animals

Occupations/ jobs

Countries

 

 

MEDIUM CATEGORIES

Types of transport

Breakfast foods

Illnesses

Teachers at school

Vegetables

Something to do with Christmas

Something sweet

Something furry

Something that can fly

Character (book/TV)

Pets people own

Something Australian

Games

 

 

 

TOUGH CATEGORIES

Chocolate bars

Simpson’s character

Show on television

Ways of dying

Sandwich filling

Superheroes

Cars

Music bands

Movies

Something scared of

Emotions/ feelings

Musical instruments

Fairy tales

Something find at beach

 

 

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