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Give each student a small piece of paper, about the size of your thumb. Ask them to write down their favourite animal, sport, month, cartoon character, whatever. Collect the paper, write all entries on the blackboard (makes things alot faster). The object is to try to guess what the student wrote by asking “James, is your favourite month July?”. If James responds yes, then he becomes apart of your empire, and you ask someone else. Cross that month off the board. If James responds no, then it is his turn to ask anyone in the class to attempt to build his empire. If, for example James acquires an empire of 3 students, and you guess that James' favourite cartoon character is Stewie, for example, then you acquire him and his empire. The game ends when a student has everyone in his empire.

Chris Mellon
Kingston, Ont. Canada
Teaching in Beijing

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