Teaching Drama

Resource: Tons of Big, Huge, and Giant Prompts!

Resource: Tons of Big, Huge, and Giant Prompts!
Written by Kerry Hishon

Sometimes you just need a tiny prompt to serve your purpose, but other times you need a whole bunch of big, huge, and GIANT prompts! To get your students thinking big, we’ve got a gigantic list of 50 gargantuan (colossal, enormous) prompts below, with an additional 50 huge (immense, mammoth) prompts in the giveaway at the bottom of this article.

Here are five exercises you could use giant prompts for: 

  • Giant Mime Team Exercise: Have students work together to mime picking up a giant item, all at the same time. What happens if someone starts to wobble and lose their grip?
  • Tableau Scene: Divide students into groups of four. Have them create a frozen picture where one or more students are huge and the rest are miniature.
  • Playwriting Exercise: Write a scene in which a detective must track down a criminal mastermind. The criminal mastermind is stealing huge items using a chemical compound that makes the items tiny.
  • Staging Challenge: Using the premise in the Playwriting Exercise above, answer the following questions:
    • How would you stage the miniature item?
    • How would you stage the same item in huge form?
    • How would you stage the transformation of the item from huge to tiny (or vice versa)?
  • Improv Exercise: Improvise a scene in which characters are lost in a gigantic location.

Be sure to check out our full prompt collection for even more inspiration!

  1. A stadium
  2. A mansion
  3. A palace
  4. A castle
  5. A skyscraper
  6. A desert
  7. The Grand Canyon
  8. Niagara Falls
  9. The Great Barrier Reef
  10. The Dubai Mall
  11. The Maelstrom whirlpool
  12. The Trans-Canada Highway
  13. St. Peter’s Basilica
  14. Mount Fuji
  15. The Great Pyramid of Giza
  16. A monument
  17. A cruise ship
  18. A freight train
  19. A monster truck
  20. A transport truck
  21. The ocean
  22. A tornado
  23. An iceberg
  24. A blue whale
  25. An elephant
  26. A rhinoceros
  27. A hippopotamus 
  28. An ostrich
  29. A Flemish giant rabbit
  30. A lion’s mane jellyfish
  31. An anaconda
  32. A leatherback turtle
  33. A Mastiff dog
  34. A Great Dane dog
  35. Clifford, the Big Red Dog
  36. A dinosaur
  37. A sequoia tree
  38. A coast redwood tree
  39. An important decision
  40. A lottery jackpot
  41. The birth of a child
  42. Buying your first home
  43. Graduation day
  44. The first day of school
  45. The first day of your first job
  46. A wedding
  47. A fairy-tale giant
  48. A galaxy
  49. A comet
  50. The planet Jupiter
Click here for 50 more massive prompts.

Kerry Hishon is a director, actor, writer and stage combatant from London, Ontario, Canada. She blogs at www.kerryhishon.com.

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Kerry Hishon

Kerry Hishon is a director, actor, writer and stage combatant from London, Ontario, Canada. View her blog at www.kerryhishon.com.