The kick-off meeting for Conversations in the Medieval Story was a blast. I think it’s a wonder that Beowulf survived the centuries. Some say it began as an oral tradition and others say it was first written down and then copied over and over. Either way it is incredible that a story that is over 1000 years old remains in tact and retains it’s original plot line. In light of this, we played The Unfolding Story. This game isn’t necessarily a literature game. It can be played in any setting simply for fun. I chose it because a story is written and passed around a group.
1. Everyone in a group receives one sheet of lined notebook paper and writes the first sentence of a story on the top line.
2. Pass the papers to the right.
3. Read the previous sentence and add a sentence of your own.
4. Fold the paper to hide the first sentence on the page so the next person can only see the last sentence written. Pass it to the right.
5. Keep writing sentences and passing the paper to the right until all the lines are filled on the notebook pages.
6. When all lines are filled, everyone in the group should be holding a skinny folded up piece of paper. It may not be the page you started and that’s okay.
7. In turns, unfold the story in your hands and read it aloud. To enjoy this to the fullest, the reader must do her best NOT to laugh while she reads. If she can’t restrain herself, she should pass it along to someone else. The fun of the game is hear the stories in the same way as you would listen to any story when it’s read aloud.
The Bible says that laughter is good medicine, which means that everyone who was there last night should be exceptionally healthy for quite awhile. Below are three video examples of how much fun you can have studying classical literature. I wish I could show them all to you because i am so proud of these kids. Each video is two minutes or less. Get your endorphins flowing and enjoy!