Great Group Skits: 50 Character-Building Scenarios for Teens

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Created by experts who teach improvisational theater, this resource for educators and youth workers provides new and creative role-playing exercises that tackle a wide range of topics. From small pieces for a few people to large-scale skits that involve an entire class, this guidebook helps educators engage with kids and helps them engage with each other. Rather than using line-by-line dialogue, the skits are designed as improvisational scenarios that give a starting point and let kids decide where...

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Overview

Created by experts who teach improvisational theater, this resource for educators and youth workers provides new and creative role-playing exercises that tackle a wide range of topics. From small pieces for a few people to large-scale skits that involve an entire class, this guidebook helps educators engage with kids and helps them engage with each other. Rather than using line-by-line dialogue, the skits are designed as improvisational scenarios that give a starting point and let kids decide where to go, enhancing their creativity, self-reliance, and analytical skills. Each skit is designed to be as easy to prepare as possible and includes an estimated time, ways to modify the skit for various age groups, and a list of follow-up questions designed to reinforce the lessons learned. Also included is information on how to facilitate skits, get kids motivated and energized, and build trust. The skits are divided into categories that include imagination, teamwork, communication skills, motivation and leadership, peer pressure and integrity, and conflict resolution.

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SLJ Teen
Yes, there are great skit ideas ... but the supporting information on coaching, discussion, and asset building make this an educator's dream come true.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574822656
  • Publisher: Search Institute Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 172
  • Sales rank: 665,609
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynn Grasberg is an improvisational theater instructor, a keynote speaker, and a comedienne. She is the author of Bounce Back! The New Play Ethic at Work. She lives in Boulder, Colorado. Gina Oldenburg is the executive director of the Creative Expressions Center, a speaker, and a playwright. She is the author of Energize! A Daily Guide to High Energy Living, and several plays. She lives in Denver, Colorado.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Great Group Skits for Active Learning, Creativity, Teamwork, and Fun 1

Facilitator's Guide

Making Improvisation Work 7

Costumes and Props: Your Bag (or Box) of Tricks 10

Facilitating a Skit 11

Ready, Set, Play! Warm-ups for Body, Mind, and Spirit 14

Great Group Skits

Imagination 25

The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me (Us) 26

Camp Food Fantasy 28

Improbability Drive 30

Bubble Gum Champs 33

Cook-off 35

Dear Blabby 37

Remote Control 40

Household Appliances of Doom 42

Teamwork 45

"Did You Hear That?" 46

Instant Superhero versus Group Obstacles 48

It's a Dummy's World 51

Emotional Rock 'n' Roll 53

Restaurant Chaos 55

Detention Invention 57

Superheroes at the Gym 59

History in the Making 61

Dance Machine Game Show 63

Communication Skills 65

Can You Help Us? (Eeska Loonee Inga Booga?) 66

Ask the Expert 68

Whiny, Gripey, and Worry 70

Vote for Me! 72

Commercial Success 74

Guest of Honor 76

Outrageous Job Interview 78

Parental Nightmare 80

Road Trip 82

Ridiculous Rumors 84

Shoe Store 86

Escape from the Island of Insults 88

Learner's Permit 90

Motivation and Leadership 93

Homework Cheerleaders 94

Earth on Trial 96

Sports Scholarship 98

Elephant Trainer 100

Reunion 102

Coach's Dilemma 104

Peer Pressure and Integrity 107

Art Depreciation 108

Breaking into the Circle 110

The Babysitter 112

Who Took My Stuff? 114

Slumber Party 116

Wishful Thinking 118

Amusement Park Putdown 120

Resolving Conflict 123

Conflict Claptrap 124

Stand Up for Your Friend 127

"Gimme Your Lunch Money" 129

Hall of Mirrors 131

Movietime Shhhh! 133

After-School Bully 135

PoliceEncounter 137

Appendix

Handout 1 Making Improvisation Work 140

Handout 2 Costumes and Props 142

Handout 3 How to Create Your Own Skits 143

A Short Dictionary-Improvised 146

The Developmental Assets 148

The Eight Asset Categories 149

The Framework of 40 Developmental Assets(R) for Adolescents 151

The Power of Assets 155

Asset Index 157

Skit Index 160

Additional Resources 162

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