Pair students off in partners. Have everyone close their eyes and think of a physical place (a room, a building, a forest, an island, a church, a playground) that is very special to them. Each person pictures their plac ein great detail down to the color of the curtains or the texture of the grass. After a few moments, have everyone open their eyes. Each person takes their partner for a five to ten minute guided tour of that place, actually walking through the space you are in, but describing the physical details of their memory in absolute detail. The trick is to only describe the physical layout without sharing stories that happened in that space. The person receiving the tour can ask a questions, and the guide may respond briefly. The focus should be on the tour itself.
After 5-10 minutes, have the partners switch roles, and do a second tour.
Describe: What was it like to give a tour? To go on a tour? Analyze: What was challenging about this activity? Relate: How can this activity help us with sensory language in our writing?
"Be specific with your description of the space. Give as many details as you can."
"How can you use your words to make your partner feel like they are really there and experiencing the space?"
Rohd, Michael. Theatre for Community, Conflict and Dialogue. Portsmouth: Heinemann. 1998.