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Bare Bones Plot Game

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This activity is similar to the Collaborative Narrative Exercise, except you give your students the bare bones plot of a famous story. Have someone from each group record your story. For example, you could summarize part of Crime and Punishment by saying "There's a young man, and he's smart but he's poor so he's pretty bitter. He doesn't think some people should have so much money. He decides to go to the apartment of these two old women who are rich pawn brokers and steal from them when they are not home. But they come home and surprise him and, in a panic, he kills them. He escapes but knows that the police, especially one officer who suspects him, are bent on catching the killers." Then say "What happens next?" In groups, or individually, they need to finish the story. Any story works as the bare bones plot, and you'll be surprised with what some people come up with.