I first created the "Mocktail Party" as a way for students to bond with one another and study for the final. I presented on this lesson at the NCTE Annual Convention a few years ago, and have made this activity a go-to event at the end of each trimester.
Just as a party we have in our homes requires planning, so too does the Mocktail Party.
First, the students sign up for a "concept" that will be covered on the final exam. Then they create "business cards" based on their concepts. Each card must contain some specific information. I introduce the activity by giving students one of my cards and reviewing with them the kind of information we find on a business card. Then I give them a handout.
Here are the instructions I gave students in my current Comm 1101 class:
|Some of this year's "business cards."|
|My "kitchen" cart w/ microwave, fridge, and supplies.|
|I provide the food for the party.|
|Students lounge, eat, and work.|