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Disguises and role playing are the focus of a resource that uses Shakespeare’s As You Like It, Twelfth Night, and Henry IV, Part I, to demonstrate how we all play many parts in our lives; how we all are “merely players.” The many activities ask class members to work in groups, pairs, and individually to create roles and reflect on the implications for the characters and themselves. A wonderful, wonderful, and most wonderful, wonderful resource.
Students examine a three-step process for making decisions and how their peers can influence them in different ways. They role-play different roles when making decisions and other students reflect on how they feel about the activity.
Enter the fantastical world of  "Dungeons and Dragons" and other role-playing games with this lesson from The New York Times. Middle schoolers create the outline for a role-playing game based on their own community. Then, they write a dialogue between two of the characters from the game. This activity could be a great way to study the importance and purpose of dialogue in writing.
Young scholars explore storytelling through pantomime, improvisation, and dramatization. They watch an online video, discuss Native American earth stories, role-play various situations, explore websites, and present an oral story to the class.
Pupils discuss the I Care rules for handling conflicts. They role-play various scenarios using the new rules to handle the conflicts, and complete a rubric to assess each group's conflict resolutions.
Students explore economics by participating in a role-play activity. In this consumerism lesson, students identify the Great Depression, the cause of the financial collapse and the devastation it caused people their own age. Students complete several worksheets about the era and role-play as a young girl who lived during the time.
Students participate in role-play activities to explain that emotional and social effects of prejudice discussed in the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.
Tenth graders use one short story to analyze conflict, irony and symbolism. They formulate a chart to show the differences between a character's actions, desires and choice of words. After the story is divided into scenes, 10th graders work in teams to role play for the whole class.
Ninth graders alleviate confusion about characters in this novel by participating in a role play activity. They further discuss point of view, theme, and stereotypes.
Students use Internet links to plan a 3-day tour of France. They role-play a typical encounter that may be experienced during their trip.
Second graders participate utilizing a variety of resources such as fiction and nonfiction literature, artifacts, photographs and diaries to establish information about daily life and jobs that existed in the past. They create living history museum displays by role-playing showing how people made a living in the past.
Students write personal letters, newspaper editorials, and journal entries from the perspective of one of the main characters in The Scarlet Letter.  In this The Scarlet Letter instructional activity, students role play each of the main characters in the play and create a specific writing assignment from that character's perspective.
Students prepare for and respond to literature selections. This package includes twenty-four lessons from the World Literature series, each covering a different reading selection from Africa. Pre-reading and response activities are included for each lesson as well as extension and customization options.
Young scholars study and interpret a classical tragedy and role play a character from the play.  In this tragedy lesson plan, students discuss a specific work to discover the form, structure, and characteristics of the genre and interpret the meaning.  Young scholars the tragic hero and relevant terms and discuss the work in groups.  Students role play different characters and write an essay.
Help your middle schoolers respond to literature by using this literary critique lesson. They will discover critique strategies as they employ their knowledge of literary elements to role-play the part of a literary critic reviewing a selected piece of literature. They will also learn to use persuasive strategies throughout this nine-part activity.
Have your class discuss the signs of an impending tsunami using literature. Learners read The Big Wave and discuss the actions taken by the villagers. They role play using scenes from the book. They answer questions and complete a worksheet.
Is your Kindergarten class about to read the book, Chicka-Chicka-Boom-Boom? If they are, and you want a few wonderful activity ideas to reinforce phonemic awareness and letter identification skills, look no further. Here you'll find over ten great ideas that relate to the book and include singing, call and response, role-play, crafts, and kinesthetic activities. One great book, and now you have a ton of great ideas to make learning the alphabet super fun.
Fourth graders use an Indiana map to explain why Indiana's geographic location was important to its role in the UGR. They experience personal stories and feelings of the people involved in UGR through role-play and literature.
Eighth graders explore literary genre of the short story and examine how, through writing, an author can comment directly/indirectly on our society as a whole.
Young scholars differentiate between "tattling" and "reporting." In this character development and conflict resolution instructional activity, students brainstorm appropriate reasons for reporting situations and behaviors to an adult. Young scholars work in groups to create two role plays for a given situation, then the class determines which illustrates "tattling" and which exhibits appropriate "reporting."

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