A variation on the "Mad Libs" game.
Joker (or each participant) chooses a short text: a news item, an encyclopedia entry, a passage from a text book, a political speech, a poem, etc. S/he then removes key words or phrases, leaving blanks and a hint as to what type of word or phrase is missing (verb, noun, etc.).
Unlike the original game:
- Players have the text in their hands, so they know what it is about.
- The words or phrases removed should enable the players to change the sense of the story. For example, an anti-gun control editorial should be opened up so that it can be re-written as pro-gun control.
Participants then fill in the blanks to make a new story. They can change it to reflect their own views, to reflect what their co-workers say, to reflect what their political opponents say, or just to be poetic or humorous.
Participants share stories and discuss.
Participants write a short autobiographical piece -- a self-introduction -- then rewrite it with blanks (Mad Libs style). They exchange with others who fill in the blanks.