Mechanics – Word Associations

Truth or Dare Gameplay Schematic

Word Associations are so much a part of our daily lives that, for the most part, we just ignore them. They guide conversations forward and we’ve even come up with handy little conversational gambits to leverage the power of word associations in the tug and pull of everyday discourse. Phrases like “That reminds me…” or “Speaking of…” enable us to capture a conversation and selfishly take it in a new direction. In Truth or Dare for English Language Learners word associations come front and center, driving the game forward. Prompts first reverberate at a linguistic level but immediately catch on the experiential. Those associated memories then become the raw material for classroom discourse, a broader retelling, journal assignments and more.

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