Choices recently reorganized its Teacher Corner web pages. All of the tools listed below and more can be downloaded from the Teacher Corner and adapted to your classroom.
A big thank you to Choices Teaching Fellows Amy Howland and Deb Springhorn for their Common Core-aligned assessments and other valuable Role Play tools.
TOOLS FOR ROLE PLAY PREPARATION
How can you be sure each Option group is ready to present? It can be useful to have students complete a check-in or “ticket” as entry into the Role Play.
- Areas of Concern: This chart is designed as a check-in tool prior to the role play. We have provided a blank template and a completed sample – both based on our unit, China on the World Stage. For less advanced students, you could provide them with the “description of the issues” and they would complete just the third column, which asks them to identify the priorities of their assigned option on each set of issues. This could be done in groups or individually. More advanced students could be tasked with completing the entire chart.
- Options Analysis Chart: In preparation for the role play, students in each option group could complete the section of this graphic organizer that pertains to their assigned option. The rest of this chart is designed for use during the role play.
- Option Group Preparation Sheet & Undecided Citizens Preparation Sheet: Choices Teaching Fellow Amy Howland, a world history teacher at the Pacific Rim Charter School in Hyde Park, MA, has created two excellent worksheets to assist each group in its preparation. At the end of each sheet, she includes the Options Role Play Rubric to give them a clear understanding of what is expected during the role play.
TOOLS FOR THE ROLE PLAY
- Options Role Play Note-taking Sheet: Students can use this handout, developed by Amy Howland, to record the main idea of each option and the questions they have about each.
- Options Analysis Chart: This matrix can be adapted to the specific content of the unit. Students complete the matrix as they listen to the presentations of their peers. Members of each option group may be asked to complete the section for their own option as part of their preparation.
TOOLS FOR DELIBERATION & PERSONAL OPTION OR OPTION 5
Once all options have been presented and all questions asked, it is time for a deliberative dialogue focused on the issues raised by the Options. Because students may be unclear about what deliberation is, and how it differs from debate, the following tools may be useful.
- Guidelines for Deliberation: This handout offers a concise explanation.
- Preparing for Deliberation: This worksheet helps students prepare for the discussion they will have.
- Speaker Deliberation Cards: These cards can be an excellent guiding tool for students before or during the deliberation to keep them on task or to set goals. For instance, do you want to encourage a quieter student to speak more? Hand her the “Speak at least twice” card.
- Rubric – Option 5 Essay: After students complete the deliberation, they will write their own personal Option, sometimes called Option 5. This rubric, aligned with Common Core Standards, can help them understand the expectations. This rubric was createdby Choices Teaching Fellow Deb Springhorn from Lebanon High School in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
TOOLS FOR ASSESSING THE ROLE PLAY, DELIBERATION, AND YOUR OWN OPTION
- Assessment Rubrics: The following rubrics, each aligned with specific standards from the Common Core, provide excellent assessment tools for you and your students.
- Options Role Play Rubric (developed by Amy Howland)
- Rubric – Option 5 Essay (developed by Deb Springhorn)
- All other handouts also lend themselves to use for assessment.
Visit our revised Teachers Corner page to download all of our tools, adapt them, and make them work in your unique classroom!