Reporter Strategy is a fun way to introduce questioning skills to your students.
A "celebrity" is chosen from the class and asked to leave the room in order to prepare for his/her press conference. While out of the room, a famous person is revealed on the PowerPoint slide. This famous person is the identity of the class member who left the room...but they don't know it. The only people who know are the students and teacher who remained in the classroom. When the class "celebrity" returns to the class, the other class members are now members of the press and ask the class "celebrity" questions to help them find clues in who they are.
I have used this activity to solidify understanding of characters in books, historical characters, current affairs, political characters, etc... The PowerPoint, once downloaded and saved, can be edited to include specific "celebrities" as needed. Characters found on this PowerPoint are Jake and Finn, Ross Lynch, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen), Abraham Lincoln, Snow White, George Washington, Elsa from Frozen, Barack Obama, and SpongeBob. The great thing about this PowerPoint is that you can edit the celebrities and switch them out for characters from a current topic of study. This would be great for any content area, as well as for any time of the year.
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