Anonymous said: what games are good for a high school english classroom?
Apples to Apples, Scattergories, literary hangman, Bananagrams (and also just anagrams in general — write a word on the board and have students come up with as many words as they can using the letters in that word; bonus — see who can come up with the most words, and have a reward [could just be bragging rights] if a student comes up with more words than the teacher), magnetic poetry (either up on the whiteboard or on individual cookie sheets or something), and pass the story (I don’t know what the official name is, but, you know, the students sit in a circle, write a few sentences of a story, and then pass the paper along to the next student after a designated time).
Some of them might seem a bit childish, but high school students are generally thrilled to play most of these “games” — especially during the last few minutes of class after a long period of work.
C.S. Lewis, “On Three Ways of Writing for Children,” 1952
(via the comments section of TNR's excellent response to The Slate Article That Shall Not Be Linked To.)