Leadership Inspirations Activities
Adapt to changes while writing a creative or funny story
Type Of Activity
Paper, Pens Or Pencils
This activity helps to show that change can be a good thing by asking participants to develop a story that creatively incorporates whatever elements the facilitator suggests to them.
- Break into smaller groups of 3-4 people each.
- Tell participants that they have 20-30 minutes to construct a story. It must have a beginning, middle, end and a main character.
- Throughout the exercise you will announce things that need be changed/added to their story.
- Here are some suggestions that you can call out throughout the exercise, but you can also create your own:
- Your story must include a beach
- You cannot talk for 3 minutes
- Add in an evil character
- Change the name of your main character from this point forward
- Create a title
- Add a talking animal
- Add your group’s favorite food
- Make your school’s mascot a key character
- Now everyone is on a pirate ship/in a jungle/in outer space
- Change writers
- Include a true story from one of your group members
- Add a catastrophe
- When time is up, have groups share their fun stories out loud.
- Instead of writing a story, have groups draw a picture together in the Drawing Game.
SAMPLE DEBRIEFING QUESTIONS
- What was the goal of this activity?
- Did your group do well? What could have improved?
- How did your group make decisions? Was it effective or ineffective?
- How did your group manage conflict that arose?
Inclusion and Involvement
- What does it mean to be inclusive or exclusive?
- What did we do as a group that was inclusive? That was exclusive/not inclusive?
- Why is inclusion and involvement important for our group?
- What are the traits that make someone successful on this team? What are the traits that make someone unsuccessful on this team?
- What motivates our group?
- How does our group dynamic affect the way we get work done?
- What does this activity tell you about the strengths of your group? The areas for improvement?
- What’s one commitment each person can make?
- What are three lessons the group has learned that they can continue to work on?
- How can we implement these lessons in our school/organization?
- What can you do differently moving forward?