I have some really bright students on the autism spectrum who have trouble understanding how to ask good conversational questions, and who can be resistant to practicing their social skills in speech. I hoped by gameifying the lesson I could illustrate my points more clearly and get more student buy-in at the same time.
Before we get to this stage, we've already talked about staying on-topic. I like to use this great visual for topic maintenance: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Topic-Maintenance-Bullseye-1264067
We've also already talked about how asking questions and having a conversation is a great way to get to know new friends. Our friend may like different topics than we do, but we can keep asking questions to find as many topics as we can that we have in common. I like using the 'My Friend & I' Venn Diagram worksheet from this packet: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Conversation-Skills-and-Social-Skills-Taking-Turns-Initiating-981393
I first explain that the best conversational questions are on the established topic, allow our partner to give us a long answer, and help us learn more about them. Starting a question with a WH question word ensures that our partner will have a lot to say in response, so I pair the points sheet with a good WH-question visual like this one: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Wh-Questions-Prompt-Mat-1681063
I hope this visual helps motivate your students to practice their conversation skills!