Skits are a fun way to get students to work together, be creative, and try their hand at acting in an informal setting. The topic can be something serious, or it can be something funny and outrageous.
Writing skits gives students a chance to practice writing natural dialogue, and performing skits can often be a great icebreaker or team-building exercise.
Below, you’ll find a list of skit prompts for your students to try.
Using This Guide
Depending on how long you want your students’ skits to be, you can assign skit writing as an in-class teamwork assignment or as a homework assignment over the course of a few days.
Here are a few ways to use these prompts in your classroom:
- Form groups that include both outgoing and shy students, and encourage them to work off of each other to write and perform their skit.
- Allow students to decide which skit to write, then have the class vote on a few to be performed in class.
- Use these prompts in the classroom along with a curriculum that features a play or skit, to encourage your students to try their hand at writing skits and dialogue.
The Skit Prompts
- Write a skit about peer pressure.
- Write a skit about getting ready for school in the morning.
- Write a skit that features a misunderstanding.
- Write a skit that uses gestures and miming instead of dialogue.
- Write a skit about a kid who stands up to a bully on the playground.
- Write a skit about a student first learning how to play a musical instrument.
- Write a skit based on a classic children’s book. Try to make it as different as you can without changing the basic structure of the plot.
- Write a skit based on your favorite video game.
- Write a skit that features a kid meeting their favorite superhero.
- Write a skit that uses lyrics instead of dialogue.
- Write a skit about an important event in history.
- Write a skit about time travel. Be creative!
- Write a skit that features an invisible chair.
- Write a skit about something serious. Use emotion and eye contact.
- Write a skit about something hilarious.
- Write a skit with animals as the main characters.
- Write a skit about a teacher with a class full of mischievous students.
- Write a skit that takes place during the summer.
- Write a skit about a tourist who is lost in a city where they don’t speak the language.
- Write a skit that takes place in a theme park.
- Write a skit about a princess who saves a knight from his high tower.
- Write a skit that takes place on your favorite holiday.
- Write a skit about two people who become unlikely best friends.
- Write a skit that gives a hilarious tutorial about how to make your favorite dessert.
- Write a “helping hands” skit about how to put together a complicated Lego set.
- Write a skit that constantly breaks the fourth wall.
- Write a skit about your favorite celebrity or content creator.
- Write a skit that takes an ordinary, everyday event and makes it seem like an epic adventure.
- Write a skit about a current social issue.
- Write a skit about someone who goes into a shop and can’t find what they’re looking for.
- Write a skit about Frosty the Snowman.
- Write a skit about a group of friends on their first day back to school after the summer break.
- Write a skit that seems scary, but is actually really funny.
- Write a skit about your favorite sport. Use sports commentary and lingo for extra creativity!
- Write a skit that takes place at a summer camp.
- Write a skit about a salesperson who knows nothing about the product they’re trying to sell to the audience.
- Write a skit that takes place during a birthday party, but no one knows whose birthday it really is.
- Write a skit about a D&D character who is suddenly dropped into the real world.
- Write a short skit that only features pets as characters.
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