Turn ordinary animals into monsters that prey on humans: dog-sized rats, killer rabbits, or a pack of rabid mountain lions. Give the animals intelligence and set them loose.
Next we filled out a questionnaire on a partner in the room. We took notes on not only what the answer was, but how they answered it (for example, body language or hand gestures). All students were instructed to answer in complete sentences.
Students were then instructed to write a monologue based on their partner.