Taking action against prejudice > Activity 4.3
What can I do?
- 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.
- Cast students in roles. Ask students to perform the role plays.
- 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?
- 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?
- 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).
- This activity aims to provide students with opportunities to recognise prejudice or discrimination and to explore strategies to appropriately deal with it.
- Teachers should provide time for discussion/debriefing for students who participated in the role plays.