Speed dating activity ideas
The bottom line is – students should become VERY familiar with the first prompt they are given.* Once they have identified the task of the prompt/ what is being asked of them, they should WRITE A CLEAR THESIS STATEMENT in response.
If they have immediate ideas for evidence that can be used to support their thesis, I encourage them to jot those ideas down below to help out the next guy, but they are only responsible for the thesis.
I’m always looking for ways to let kids practice in class without necessarily even realize that is what they are doing because they are having a little fun doing it.
*In my AP classes this includes identifying SOAPS (subject-occasion-audience-purpose-speaker) when applicable, and TOFA (topic, opinion, format, audience) in all my other classes.
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This is a speaking activity that I made for my teenage classes on Valentine’s Day, but you could do it anytime.
It’s based on the concept of speed dating so you will need to organize the seats in 2 rows, with guys on one side and girls on the other.
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There should be a DIFFERENT prompt for every student in the vertical row.