Rally. Coach. Repeat. This fast-paced twist on an old-school relay race will put your students into a small-team sprint to see the world from someone else's point of view! Ready to get creative? Spin the wheel to determine your fate, then work with your teammates to test your creativity while solving color-coded questions at random. Your students will literally be CHEERING for their teammates as they make a mad dash across the finish line, using thoughtful annotations and detailed text evidence for every step along the way.
ABOUT THIS PRODUCT:
Teaching creative writing is always SUCH a challenge in a traditional literature course where the "five paragraph essay" (ugh!) still dominates so much of the academic discourse. But seeing the world from someone else's point of view is critically important as it helps these fictional characters come to life! So I designed this product to help students develop empathy for the individuals that we were reading about, and we transformed what might otherwise be a run-of-the-mill textual analysis into a thoughtful and creative 40-minute game-changer that has gone on to become a staple of my classroom.
If you're struggling to get students inside the minds of famous literary characters, then this activity will make a great addition to your teacher bag of tricks!
Some day-after-event student feedback:
"I really enjoyed the Rally Coach Relay activity because we were able to have new people to work with. I liked that we acted as [character] and made our own stories based on the actual novel. It helped me further understand [character]'s impressions and feelings towards the people in her family. I didn’t quite understand how she felt being with her family until we did these activities. It really helped a lot."
"I liked the Rally Coach Relay activity we did yesterday! Although it was a bit challenging trying to meet the limit/mark, it did help me learn more about certain characters and allowed me to work with someone I usually don't have a chance to work with. I feel like my partner and I tend to overlook the simplest things about characters even though it's right in front of our eyes. However, this activity also allowed us to think outside the box while still relating our ideas to the book and activity."
"I learned that I have a hard time putting myself in others people’s shoes in a lot of situations. I think part of the reason is that we don’t know too much about [character] at this point in the text. I learned that my teammates and classmates are capable of interesting and mature conversations without teacher supervision as well, which I was pleasantly surprised by. "
"I liked yesterday's Rally Coach Relay. It was nice to understand other people's opinions and perspectives. I learned my classmates understand things differently, and find evidence that I would look over. I learned about myself is that I type very slowly and I need to work on that. I also learned I should try to look deeper into the chapters, rather than giving it a superficial look."
* 16 fully illustrated Google Slides with complete walkthrough, printables, timer, and instructions for activity setup.
* 12 different writing prompts ranging from textual analysis to creative fiction inspired by the text.
* 7 different "character" cards for assigning student groups
* Digital spinner tool (click the wheel to spin it)! -- along with links and resources for creating your own custom electronic spinners for future activities like this.
I'll level with you --
Five bucks for a single day resource is an eyebrow raiser, no question. That's why I've included complete activity instructions on how to adapt the same activity again and again for ANY novel, drama, short story, or work of non-fiction. Which means that once you've downloaded any Rally Coach Relay from my TPT store, you've got lifetime access to an editable copy of the original activity template, so you can use it again and again for any work that you might ever wish to teach.
Have a blast with this reading and writing rally! And thanks again for checking out my store!