Create fun in your secondary ELA classroom. Allow your students to go speed dating on a match-maker mission.
During speed dating, students act as matchmakers for their characters. Just like in real speed dating, students rotate quickly through other students where they discuss the main character they will write into a narrative or the main character they are reading in a young adult novel.
As matchmakers for the characters, students decide, based on what the other student told them, whether or not their character would be willing to get to know the other character better (go on a date with him/her).
Detailed directions for how to run speed dating are included in the preview. Or, if you prefer, read my blog post: Main Character Speed Dating
I have created three Main Character Speed Dating lessons.
1. Main Character Speed Dating
(Students share general information about characters.)
2. Main Character’s Conflict Speed Dating
(Would the other character be willing to go through that conflict too?)
3. Main Character’s Setting Speed Dating
(Would the other character be willing to date someone in that setting?)
In this Speed Dating activity, students share general information about their character. The Matchmaker (student) then decides if that character would be a good match for his or her character.
This is a great way to get students giggling and to either share about the main characters they are writing or the main characters in the books they are reading.
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