The World's Most Intelligent Machine

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The World's Most Intelligent Machine


Joan Larason, Reading/Language Arts Teacher, and Timothy Weber, Grade 7 English Teacher, from Bromfield School in Harvard, Massachusetts, say that when you introduce this activity to your students, they will pop out of their seats to volunteer.

The World's Most Intelligent Machine is an exercise from comic improvisation adapted for classroom use. Like many of the exercises and techniques of comic improvisation, "The Machine" is an effective and highly motivating way to promote cooperative learning, stimulate creativity, and help students develop thinking and public speaking skills.

Use the activity to summarize a lesson and review material prior to a test. The rules are: 1) the machine, as a whole, must answer all questions in complete sentences; 2) sentences must have proper ending punctuation and be grammatically and semantically correct; 3) each player provides only one word of the answer or acts as the ending punctuation.

Procedure

* Four to 10 students (5 to 6 is optimal) stand in a semicircle facing the class. Each student is a single working part of the machine.

* The instructor introduces the machine to the audience: Ladies and gentlemen, you see before you the world's most intelligent machine. It has the answer to any question you can propose. Today, we will ask The Machine about Chapter 17 in our novel. But first, we need to help The Machine warm up. (Ask questions about the weather, day of the week, etc.)

Instructor: Good day, Machine. What day is it today?

Machine: Student 1: Today / Student 2: is / S 3: Thursday / S 4: Period. …

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