This is a Hero’s Journey role-play appropriate for middle school students.
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Section 6: Act out Hero’s Journey role-play: The ‘ordinary world’ of Little Jackie
A. Students participate in scripted role-play called “The ‘ordinary world’ of Little Jackie.”
Story Description: We are now going to hear a story about sixth-grader Jackie. Watch how her feelings about herself either motivate her to do the victim thing or to decide to act like an extraordinary hero. This story is called “The ‘ordinary world’ of Little Jackie.”
Please note: Back in 2001 and 2002, the author wrote four Hero’s Journey series built around a sixth-grade girl, an eighth-grade girl, a sixth-grade boy, and an eighth-grade boy. To avoid confusion, the sixth grade protagonists will be known as Little Jackie and Little Jack, respectively. The eighth-grade protagonists will be known as Big Jackie and Big Jack, respectively. This particular series is built around the sixth-grade girl named Little Jackie. The hero’s journey series is based on Joseph Campbell’s story model.
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B. Teacher Says or Asks: We will now act out the role-play based on the last story you just heard called “The ‘ordinary world’ of Little Jackie.”
The role-play features one guy actor: Discussion Question-Asker.
The role-play also features two girl actors: Little Jackie and the Ancient One.
Little Jackie and the Ancient One have the medium-size to big parts. The Discussion Question-Asker has a small part.
The rest of the class will take turns reading the parts of Narrator 1 and Narrator 2.
Who is interested in playing these roles? (Either pull names or accept eager student volunteers.)
C. PDF File – Print about 10 copies for students to share of this scripted Hero’s Journey role-play called “The ‘ordinary world’ of Little Jackie.”
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