This is a skill review activity rather than a skill teaching activity. It is best done after students have been practicing essay writing for a long time – maybe even a little too long.
One of the best times to use this is the week before a state-mandated essay test, when students have been feeling the pressure of preparation and are ready to let off steam before test day.
These three activities are adapted from traditional improv activities, reworked to practice specific essay writing skills.They offer chance for your students to have fun with all of those essay skills they’ve been practicing while reinforcing all of these skills in a new way.
This is an English teaching resource from Roxanna Elden, author of See Me After Class: Advice for Teachers by Teachers and creator of the New Teacher Disillusionment Power Pack. If you’d like to sign up for monthly emails with free resources and funny, honest, practical tips for teachers, please visit www.roxannaelden.com.