A student suggested this method based on something they do in her drama class at school. A narrator reads a passage of scripture while students act out their roles. Someone (a teacher or another person) randomly chooses a character to “vote off the island”. This selection can be done by tapping an actor on the shoulder or dubbing them with a foam sword or other item. Now, the remaining characters continue to act out their roles, but they must also stand in for the missing actor. Eventually only one actor is left and he or she must play all of the roles.
Here’s an example with Adam and Eve and the snake and the tree. Actors fill all four roles while the narrator reads the story. One of the four is removed (say the snake). Now the three actors play the four roles. Another actor is removed. Now two actors play four roles. Eventually only one actor is left and he or she must play all four roles.
When using Scripture Survivor, be sure that the length of the passage corresponds with the number of actors. For example, a passage with many characters would need to be long for this to work best, and a short passage would need to have a fewer characters.
Great for: Reviewing a scripture story, Getting the attention of uninterested students
Class size: Any class size
Helps Students: SEE a gospel principle in action
Prep Time: No advance preparation necessary
Student Age: Any age