A game of consequences

As I continue my search for resources to encourage reluctant writer I came up with a simple but effective idea that can be used by teachers and parents alike.

Many times over the years have played the game of consequence with children as a time filling or reward activity.  This game involves first drawing a head onto the top of a piece of paper and then folding it over so the head is hidden from the next person.  The second person must then draw a body.  The game continues with the paper being passed on until all the body parts are drawn.  The paper is then unfolded to reveal a silly looking character.

I wanted to use this idea to encourage my daughter who is herself a reluctant writer to practise some story writing.  I followed the idea of the original game by writing an opening sentence to a story at the top of a piece of paper.  I then read this to my daughter before turning the paper over so that she could write a sentence that would follow on.  We then continued to take it in turns to write sentences for the story until we reached the end.  We used different coloured pens to make the task more interesting and challenged each other to use different types of punctuation, connectives or wow words.  My daughter enjoyed the game and found it much more engaging than if I has just asked her to write the next part of a story.

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The game could be played with two or more players and the story theme, length and challenges could be differentiated depending on the age and ability of the children.  It certainly takes away the fear some children feel when faced with a blank piece of paper and turns a mundane writing task into a fun game.

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One thought on “A game of consequences

  1. I’ve come across a version of this as part of a writing group I belonged to. It might not be as good for younger children with bigger or less tidy handwriting, but certainly teens could do it. As a group of three to six, each person takes it in turns. The first person writes three lines, then folds down the top two to hide them, and then passes it on. The next person reads the last line, then adds three more lines and folds it again so only the last line is showing. Once it’s got to the bottom of the page, it’s opened up and read. It can produce some really weird stuff. Once, it started with a plane taking off and ended with one landing, though the events in between had nothing to do with a plane, and the authors of those sections were different people not sitting next to each other.

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