Tip: Role Play
How do I do it?
A student or students assume a role. There are a wide range of choices for a role, for example: a character from a book; an historical character you are studying; people in the community, a reporter etc. Consider that each role encourages a particular kind of language (e.g. a police officer and giving a ticket to a driver encourages the use of more formal language). With or without simple props, students role play their characters. As needed, give them a scenario: e.g. “You just got a speeding ticket.”; “Civil war has broken out.”; “You just tripped and fell into a lake.” etc.
Variations & Extensions
Pair up students who all play the same 2 roles in pairs or students draw cards for their role. Call out a scenario every few minutes and the students must change their dialogue to react to the new situation (e.g. a storm just broke out or you just got a phone call or message etc.). Have students line up face to face and shift every few minutes and introduce themselves to their new partner/character. Students can wear signs. They can use sentence frames to help guide their language.
Common Core ELA Speaking and Listening Standard 6
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Common Core ELA Language Standard 1
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
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