Introduce the art of rhetoric to your students with this new card game full of persuasive speech, creative thinking, and sneaky fun.
Why we love it: Your literal-minded kids may balk at creative-writing or persuasive-speech assignments. This enjoyable game takes the pressure off and brings on the laughs while still enforcing logical thinking and influencing one’s audience.
Mark Twain would approve: The game recruits students to be like the sly snake-oil salesmen of the Old West and get their customers (their fellow students) to buy their dubious products.
How it works: Students make up their products by combining the word cards they are dealt. Each player must “sell” their products convincingly; the game concept is similar to Balderdash and Apples to Apples. The player who convinces the most customers is the slimy victor.
This snake can change its spots: Play the game by the rules on relaxed Fridays in the classroom, or hand out a combo of word cards to each student for inventive writing or classroom public-speaking prompts.
Best for: Middle school students or high school public-speaking classes.
Find it: Amazon
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