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Activity 2: Story - The Big Question

Activity time: 7 minutes

Materials for Activity

Preparation for Activity

  • Read the story and print it out.
  • Optional: Post blank newsprint.

Description of Activity

Gather the group. Read or tell the story. When you are done, ask a few volunteers to sum up Milo's description of Unitarian Universalism.

Mention that adults sometimes talk about having an "elevator speech" to briefly explain a complicated topic. An elevator speech can be said in just a minute-about as long as it takes to ride a few floors with someone in an elevator. Milo's recess speech about Unitarian Universalism is like an elevator speech.

Ask if participants have ever been asked by friends to explain Unitarian Universalism. How have they responded? How would they respond? Allow a few volunteers to share.

If you have time, record phrases from volunteer contributions on newsprint. Invite the group to suggest modifications to one another's ideas and shape a "recess speech" together.

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