Students should be given the opportunity to practice their
communication skills with their classmates. Role playing gives the students a
chance to say NO in an unthreatening environment. It also gives them the
opportunity to give each other feedback.
activity may be done on a separate day if time is a concern.
three volunteers to do the example scenario for the class. This scenario
has the ending written for the students.
group, the students should give the volunteers feedback on their
performance. They should be judging their communication skills: tone of
voice, body language, etc. Since the students have no input on the lines
of the role play, they can’t be critiqued on that aspect of the scenario.
the class into groups of six and hand out a scenario to each group.
scenario uses three people, a narrator and two people interacting. The
endings are unwritten. Names may be changed to fit the people playing the
should be given sufficient time to write the ending(s). After half the
group acts out the scenario, then the other three members should be given
the opportunity to act it out.
the students perform the scenarios in front of the class. Students should
use the Role Play Feedback form to give positive comments and suggestions
The following questions will help to summarize the activity:
Scenario One: How
did Brian try to convince Franco to try his brother’s cigarettes? What did
Franco do that was really good in response? What else could either person have
Scenario Two: What
was good about the ending the group came up with? What would have happened to
the adults if they had been caught buying the cigarettes for the boys? What
would have happened if the boys had been caught smoking?
Scenario Three: What
was good about the ending the group came up with? Is it true that baseball
players use real chewing tobacco? (No,
they are banned from doing so.) Is chewing tobacco healthier than
cigarettes? (No, it can lead to just as
many health problems as cigarettes. No tobacco is safe.)
Scenario Four: How should you deal with telling an adult about a situation where you find
someone you know and love smoking? What was good about the group’s ending?