Get your free PDF download of the scripted role-play called “Dennis learns about Responsible Reporting versus tattling.” Just scroll down near the end of this article for the free download link.
This is one of several Communication Skills role-plays appropriate for middle school students that teaches anti-bullying techniques and strategies to utilize good communication skills techniques.
What is the role-play about? You can watch the slideshow to find out. You can also read the description below.
Communication Skills role-play description: Here is a story scenario you can use to help teach about the need for using good communication skills in the classroom. This story called “Dennis learns about Responsible Reporting versus tattling” illustrates the importance of following class rules, being respectful to the teacher and your fellow classmates, maintaining your classroom as a safe zone from put-downs, and learning the difference between responsible reporting versus tattling or snitching.
Note for Teacher: For an explanation of how to implement the techniques taught in this story and follow-up role-play, here are the articles that explain the process:
Posters & Behavior Chart to print for classroom use
* ‘I Message’ Sentence Starters Display Poster (Make certain this poster is on display during this story.)
Additional note to Teacher: This is a great story to use at the beginning of your class year. However, this is also a great story to use later in the year if you see that the students need to learn positive alternatives to tattling and snitching and how to re-create your classroom as a safe zone from put-downs.
Note to the teacher: In addition to the role-play, you can also read it in story form. You might want to read the story to the class first and then have the class act out the role-play. Here’s the link:
Teacher Says or Asks: We will now act out the role-play based on the last story you just heard called “Dennis learns about Responsible Reporting versus tattling.”
The role-play features four guy actors: Mr. Campbell, Tyler, Dennis, and John.
The role-play also features three girl actors: Judy, Sandra, and Cindy.
The big parts are Mr. Campbell, Tyler, and Judy. The medium- to small-sized parts are all the rest of the characters.
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.)
Other lesson plan links that go with the story
Here are the other lesson plan links that go with this story:
- Section 1: Lesson Objectives
- Section 2: K-W-L MODEL discussion (‘K’ and ‘W’ questions)
- Section 3: Teaching Notes
- Section 4: Story
- Section 5: Popcorn Review
- Section 6: Role-Play
- Section 7: Bloom’s Taxonomy discussion questions
- Section 8: Writing assignment
- Section 9: K-W-L MODEL discussion (‘L’ questions)
- Bonus: Role-play slideshow: Dennis learns about Responsible Reporting versus tattling (See above article and slideshow role-play.)
- Bonus: Printable anti-bullying worksheet: Write about ‘Dennis learns about Responsible Reporting versus tattling’
Free scripted role-play PDF download link
To get the free scripted role-play PDF download link, click the link below. You can download the role-play to your computer, print it off, and duplicate it for the students in your class.
- Free PDF role-play link: Dennis learns about Responsible Reporting versus tattling
A paper-saving suggestion
To save paper, you might only want to duplicate ten copies of the role-play and then have your students share the script between them. If you have an overhead projector or some way to project the role-play from the slideshow onto the wall or screen, you could save paper altogether.
For your viewing pleasure, please enjoy the video called “Teaching the Difference Between Telling and Tattling.”
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