C.5. The Word Wizzard

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Resource Type: Game in: English
Age: 10-18
Group Size: 10-58
Estimated Time: 45 minutes

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Resource Goal
This exercises is strongly directive but highly constructive, because it limits the use of language to the minimum in random combinations, in order to enhance the mechanisms, like body language, lines of communication and content focus. By ringing the changes in partners, it also creates opportunities for members to communicate meaningfully with a variety of participants. It thus enhances their familiarity with one another, multiplies their respective channels of communication and improves their independent message content gradually, with a final creative assignment to afford a productive outcome.

Required Props & Materials
Pencil and a few sheets of paper are needed for each group member

Resource Contents

C.5. The Word Wizzard

Give the following instructions slowly, and one at a time, with pauses between.

The facilitator or leader opens up with the following,
“I am a wizard, I am taking away all your words. But as I am generous, you may have four of them back. Write down the four words you want to keep, out of all the words in the world.
"Find a partner, communicate using only your four words, plus gestures…"
(pause).
"Now you may share words with your partner, write down his or her words. Now you have up to eight words."

"Change partners and communicate with these words on your list only."
"Now share your words."
(Repeat, changing partners 4 to 6 times.)

"Now take your list and try to write a poem using just those words.”



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