(This posting includes a handout which you are welcome to use with your students.)
We might think that the students who say little in a conversation are lazy or just quiet by nature. That’s not necessarily the case. Some students have told us that they are trying to be polite and let others talk. Others just don’t know what to say, so they say the minimum. And some just aren’t aware that they should speak more.
This activity is designed to help these types of students. It “gives permission” to the polite students to talk more. It “requires” the lazy or quiet ones to contribute to the conversation. And it “pushes” everyone to think of something, anything, to say.
The activity is call Responding with Details. In groups of three, students ask each other the supplied questions (in a Student A, B, C format). Every time the members respond, they have to answer with “and, but, so, because or with two sentences.”
- Marit: Where was the best place you ever lived?
- Lucien: I like warm weather, so I really loved living in California. (Answered with “so”.)
- Marit: When did you live there?
- Lucien: When I was in high school. We moved there when I was 16 and stayed for three years. (Answered with two sentences and “and.”)