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Handout 20: What can I do? Role play 1 [PDF]
Handout 21: What can I do? Role play 2 [PDF]
Handout 22: What can I do? Role play 3 [PDF]

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Year 1

Taking action against prejudice > Activity 4.3

What can I do?

Tasks

  1. Read to students the three role plays from Handout 20: What can I do? Role play 1 [PDF]; Handout 21: What can I do? Role play 2 [PDF]; and Handout 22: What can I do? Role play 3. Arrange students into groups and allocate a role play to each group. Allow students time to read and become familiar with each text.
  2. Cast students in roles. Ask students to perform the role plays.
  3. Interview the performers in front of the class:
    • What was the dilemma?
    • What was the unfair behaviour?
    • What did you decide to do?
    • Do you think you behaved fairly?
    • If not, how might you have behaved differently?
  4. Lead a class discussion about prejudiced behaviour. Ask students to reflect on situations in which they have observed people being hurt or victimised or harassed.
    • Why do you think this happened?
    • What was your response?
  5. As a class, draw conclusions about appropriate ways of dealing with unfair or prejudiced behaviour. Create a chart on the board or on butcher's paper entitled "What can I do?" List students' suggestions of things they can do to counter prejudice and unfairness when they encounter it (whether its directed at them or at someone else).

Teacher notes

  1. This activity aims to provide students with opportunities to recognise prejudice or discrimination and to explore strategies to appropriately deal with it.
  2. Teachers should provide time for discussion/debriefing for students who participated in the role plays.