Objectives | Drama Game of Conflicting Goals
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After a teacher tip exploring the value of being non-verbal, we thought we’d encourage our students to speak with our latest drama game.


  • Ask the students to get into pairs.
  • One member of the pair stands at one side of the room and the other at the other side of the room.
  • One side of the room are given an objective that requires them to cross the room, e.g. ‘You are late to school and must get there as soon as possible.’
  • The other side of the room are given a conflicting objective that requires them to stop the other student, e.g. ‘You need another signature on your petition or chocolate will be outlawed in 5 minutes.’
  • Remind the students that they are in the street so need to be polite and cannot grab or shove each other or run away.
  • Encourage the students to use their language to convince the other that their objective is most important.
  • After students have had a chance to interact, switch their objectives.
  • Evaluate as a class.

Top tip: Keep an eye on various pairs and don’t be afraid to ask the rest of the class to pause and listen if you notice an interesting debate. 

Rebecca is the founder and chief executive officer of Silly Fish Learning Ltd. She is a children's playwright with a vast and varied career in education, primarily teaching drama and English.

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