Activity: Solve the Problem
1. Create a "Context Bank". On the board, write the following headings for columns: "places", "problems", and "characters". Elicit examples from students and write them under the appropriate heading. This list of options is the “context bank”. It gives students options for a circumstance in which the scene can occur.
2. Put students in pairs or small groups. One at a time, these groups come to the front of the class.
3. The "audience" (remaining students in class) shouts out suggestions for place, problem, and characters. Assign a place for the students, a problem they are having, and a character for each student.
4. Students begin dramatizing it immediately. They must interact with each other to solve the problem.
5. Class can give feedback on the following:
a. did students stay on topic?
b. did students use any prepared material?
c. did students solve problem?
d. did students "get in character?"
e. suggestions for improvement?
f. what's one thing each student did really well?