Ben Slavic and company have been sharing an idea about a Trick Quiz or something similarly named. Corinne Bourne added a twist that I tried to emulate. I think I failed to correctly copy what she did, but I certainly got kids in a lather playing the game. Even kids who never talk were bursting out in full sentences.
As far as I understand, this idea started from giving quizzes. If a kid wants to justify an “incorrect” answer, he can do so. If the teacher or the class accepts it, the answer is correct.
The game is when the teacher makes statements about a reading. I say, for instance, “Shrek planned to take his vacation in the swamp.” A kid says, “No! Shrek planned to take his vacation in the jungle.” Then I have to follow up with a change or addition to my original statement.
We elected a mediator. The mediator judges whether either “team” loses a point because they paused too long, repeated something that’s already written in the reading or been said without adding interest, or whether they gain a point for a great response.
Do I need to tell you that the class (team 1) beat me (team 2) every time? I had to work pretty hard to keep ahead of them, and I tried hard not to play for very long. They loved it. The structures we were repeating were right there in the reading, and they didn’t mind repeating them for roughly ever. Darn!
Admission: I was worn out after about fifteen minutes. This is not a game for a slow-thinking teacher.
If you want to read the specifics of this game, you’ll probably need to buy Ben’s latest book or join his blog. I’ll keep letting you know if I figure out how to tweak it more.