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Role-play slideshow: How to handle acquaintances who leach on to you

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Get your free PDF download of the scripted role-play called “How to handle acquaintances who leach on to you.” Just scroll down near the end of this article for the free download link.

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This is one of several Character Education role-plays appropriate for middle school students that teaches anti-bullying and Character Education concepts.

Role-play description

What is the role-play about? You can watch the slideshow to find out. You can also read the description below.

Character Education role-play description:

Here is a story scenario you can use to help teach about the importance of the Character Education traits of Caring & Giving, Leadership, Tolerance & Allowing, Valuing & Respecting Self, and Valuing & Respecting Others.

Jenny never wanted a school shooting to happen at her school. Her solution: Find and befriend an outcast. Her problem: The loner she found, Anne, began to follow her around everywhere she went. How could Jenny still be Anne’s friend yet maintain her own personal boundaries?

Additional Note: Sometimes, when we become an advocate for someone perceived as a loner or outcast, that person can suddenly expect you to become his or her best friend. So, in that case, it is important to learn an assertive way of handling that situation.

Role-play directions

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 “How to handle acquaintances who leach on to you.”

The role-play features two guy actors: Discussion Question Asker #1 and Discussion Question Asker #2.

The role-play also features four girl actors: Jenny, Anne, Ashley, and Jenny’s Mom.

Jenny has the biggest part. All the other characters have medium to small parts.

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:

  1. Section 1: Lesson Objectives
  2. Section 2: K-W-L MODEL discussion (‘K’ and ‘W’ questions)
  3. Section 3: Vocabulary
  4. Section 4: Story
  5. Section 5: Popcorn Review
  6. Section 6: Role-Play
  7. Section 7: Bloom’s Taxonomy discussion questions
  8. Section 8: Writing assignment
  9. Section 9: K-W-L MODEL discussion (‘L’ questions)

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.

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.


Other Character Education role-play slideshow links

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  8. Role-play slideshow: Sarah and Jennifer end their friendship
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Other anger management role-play slideshow links

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Other fight or flight role-play slideshow links

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Other basic needs role-play slideshow links

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Other Perception role-play slideshow links

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