In-class exercise for language

Get two volunteers to come to the front board (I tell them this is a good choice for any Pictionary fans). Ask them to draw a series of increasingly abstract words. The ones I use are:

  • Flower
  • Spaceship
  • Love
  • Revenge
  • And if they’re enjoying the activity and you want to push it…Discrimination

This leads into a discussion about the difference between concrete and abstract terms. As we went down the list, each drawing became more complex, symbolic and subject to misinterpretation.

Thank you to Dr. Arne G’Schwind for this activity.

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I believe public speaking can go from most dreaded class to favorite class. I'm a former public speaking college instructor who spent years seeking out activities, assignments and examples to make the class interactive as well as educational -- they are collected here. I welcome suggestions for additions.

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