How to Get Along with Your Roommate
Step 1 – Create sentence completions based on advice for getting along with one’s roommate. Each sentence must use a causative verb. If you’d like, use my suggestions below. (Or use my printable template. Activities for Causative Verbs_Handout)
- Always help your roommate __________.
- Let your roommate _________ sometimes.
- Never make your roommate _________.
- If you have a messy roommate, you might try to get him or her _________.
- Sharing is a nice idea in general, but you don’t have to let your roommate _________.
Step 2 – Have students work in pairs and generate ideas to complete the sentences.
Step 3 – Combine pairs to form small groups of four and ask students to discuss their advice. You can give additional prompts for conversation: Have you ever had a roommate? Did you follow any of this advice?
Step 1 – Prepare a list of prompts on the board that include the name of a neighbor and the object that person has/ had influence on. For example: Mr. Jones – his dog, Mrs. Greenwood – her son, the Smiths – their grandchildren, etc. (Additional suggestions are available here. Activities for Causative Verbs_Handout 2)
Step 2 – Tell students to imagine living in the same neighborhood with all the people listed on the board. Each student must repeat all the gossip s/he has heard and share a new piece of gossip. Each piece of gossip must use a causative verb. In short, this is a memory game. Have students sit in a circle.
- Student A asks Student B (on the left): Have you heard about Mr. Jones?
- Student B may reply in the negative: No, what? / No, tell me.
- Student A then shares the gossip. Example: Mr. Jones let his dog eat all the flowers in Mrs. Greenwood’s garden.
- After Student B reacts appropriately (Oh my! Really? Etc.), Student B then repeats the gossip to Student C (on the left) and adds a new piece of gossip: Mr. Jones let his dog eat all the flowers in Mrs. Greenwood’s garden…and you know what else? Mrs. Greenwood got her son to build a fence around her garden so the dog can’t get in anymore.
- Student C must address Student D (on the left) and pass on all the gossip and, of course, add a new piece of gossip. The game continues until all students have had a turn to spread some gossip. Allow previous speakers to help the current one to recall information if necessary.