ERIC Number: ED237372
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Jul-2
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Vitalizing Your Social Studies Class with Role-Playing.
Dianna, Michael A.
Elementary school teachers are introduced to role playing as a device for encouraging students to understand and empathize with other people's attitudes, values, and feelings. Two approaches to classroom role playing are discussed. The first, set forth by Schaftel, includes the following steps: warming up, selecting role players, setting the stage, preparing the audience to be participating observers, enactment, discussion and evaluation, revised re-enactment, sharing experience, and generalizing. A shorter approach, suggested by Schuncke, involves a warm-up period during with the problem situation is introduced and discussed, the action period, and debriefing. Seven variations of role playing are outlined, including free play, pantomime, improvisation, puppetry, dramatization, sociodrama, and simulation games. Also listed are eight recommendations for successful role playing, and specific suggestions for role playing with hesitant students and with students comfortable with the activity. This paper concludes with a list of resources for incorporating role playing into the social studies curriculum. (LP)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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