This is a great group activity that my students LOVED doing while studying Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. It could be adapted for students to do independently as well.
Students are asked to choose 1 or more characters from To Kill a Mockingbird as well as 1 character from another work/novel that has already been studied. They are then asked to create a fictional dialogue between those characters. Teachers will really get a good idea on whether or not students know and understand the characters, since they have to make decisions that remain true to the characters and their personalities.
Finally, students are then asked to create a skit in which they act out their dialogue.
There is a planning process built in and the teacher must approve the dialogue before students can move on to the skit part of the activity.
On the student handout, I've included an example between Dill from To Kill a Mockingbird and Mama from "A Raisin in the Sun." If you do not study "A Raisin in the Sun", I've also included the same activity without the example at the end of the download.
This activity tests students' skills and their creativity while also getting them up and moving!