This game addresses run-on and fragment sentences and other punctuation issues using the game, “One word Story“:
Grammar Improv Game
Have the class decide ahead of time on large gestures to accompany the various marks of punctuation you want to work on– including a gesture for capital letters. Let the “period” gesture be something celebratory the whole class can do together.
Have students stand in a circle. Play the game normally, Each person saying a word in succession to tell a story.
When students are comfortable with this, have them add punctuation marks as well as if they were words. When a student adds a mark of punctuation, he has to do the large gesture with it.
After that, the next person has to build the sentence appropriately (This is called “yes and” in improv. You accept whatever choice is given you and make it work.)
If someone makes a word or punctuation choice that can’t possibly be made to work, anyone in the circle can call “Stop!”. Then that person has to explain why the choice can not possibly be made to work and how to fix the grammar problem. Then start the sentence over.
Make sure to add appropriate inflection to the last word of the sentence so that the group knows a period is coming and can all join in and the next person knows to start a new sentence with an appropriate word and the capital letter gesture.
Drama for Pre-writing
See the Literacy post for an example of using drama as a pre-writing exercise to improve persuasive writing.