Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Heeding the Call: A Program on Justicemaking for Junior High School Youth

Alternate Activity 1: Continuation Story

Activity time: 15 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Newsprint, markers, and tape

Preparation for Activity

  • Print the beginning of the story on newsprint and post.

Description of Activity

Youth explore how sharing our imaginations enriches the imaginations of others.

Gather participants in a circle and have them take turns reading the beginning of a story and completing the story any way they wish:

"Once upon a time there was a tired fish swimming in circles in the sea. This fish was exhausted from swimming, swimming, swimming all day long. Somehow the fish could not figure out any way to break the cycle of endless circling until one day... .."

Encourage students to be outlandish, silly, creative and to have fun with the ending. After participants have added their own endings engage in a discussion about the process. Ask them to describe what it was like to use their imaginations to create the ending. Were youth inspired by the endings that others contributed? Ask participants to describe their reaction to the various endings to the story. Are there other possible endings they can imagine as a group?