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Role-play slideshow: Josh takes a risk

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Debbie Dunn aka DJ Lyons
Role-play clip - Josh takes a risk
Role-play clip - Josh takes a risk
Debbie Dunn aka DJ Lyons

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.

Role-play description

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: Imagine your teacher expects each student in the room to give a speech or perform a story. You, however, are feeling nervous or reluctant to perform. That’s the way that a boy named Josh felt.

Here is a story scenario you can use to help teach about the importance of making eye contact with others when you do public speaking.

As you may be aware, many students would rather eat nails than get up in front of their classmates to do any kind of public speaking. Making eye contact with your teacher and the other students in the room is one technique that really helps build your comfort level in the long run. A boy named Josh did not believe that making eye contact could actually help him build his comfort level; however, when he finally took the risk to try it out, he found it actually worked for him as well.

This story called “Josh Takes a Risk” illustrates the importance of making eye contact with your teacher and your classmates when you give a public speaking speech or performance.

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 “Josh takes a risk.”

The role-play features two guy actors: Josh and Cory.

The role-play also features one girl actor: a Teacher.

The big parts are Josh and Cory. The female Teacher has the 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.)

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: Main idea 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.

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For your viewing pleasure, please enjoy the video called “When Eye Contact May Not Be Persuasive.”

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Other Communication Skills role-play slideshow links

  1. Role-play slideshow: Dennis Learns about Responsible Reporting
  2. Role-play slideshow: Fred learns to make Good Observations
  3. Role-play slideshow: Goofy Jane
  4. Role-play slideshow: Josh takes a Risk (See above article and slideshow)
  5. Role-play slideshow: Little Red-Riding-Hood and Omega Wolf Bert

Other Peer Pressure versus Exercise No Muscle role-play slideshow links

  1. Role-play slideshow: Peer pressure is hard to resist (coming soon)
  2. Other role-play slideshows on this topic to come (coming soon)

Other perception role-play slideshow links

  1. Role-play slideshow: Julie’s big challenge
  2. Role-play slideshow: Joshua’s experiment in sending positive peer pressure
  3. Role-play slideshow: The Confrontation
  4. Role-play slideshow: Frogs and newts or gold coins
  5. Role-play slideshow: Jessica’s painful experience
  6. Role-play slideshow: Jessica and Tonya combine their resources
  7. Role-play slideshow: Clever Angie thinks fast
  8. Role-play slideshow: Christy and Laura both like Brandon
  9. Role-play slideshow: Roxanne and Courtney jump to the wrong conclusions
  10. Role-play slideshow: The misunderstanding

Other anger management role-play slideshow links

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  3. Role-play slideshow: Control your anger with SPAM
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  5. Role-play slideshow: SPAM and Stairstep Thinking
  6. Role-play slideshow: Aftermath of the first kiss
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  8. Role-play slideshow: Pranks, Idle Threats, and Promises
  9. Role-play slideshow: Matt falsely accuses Jonathan of stealing

Other fight or flight role-play slideshow links

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  3. Role-play slideshow: Tyler chooses between Dennis and Shawn’s gang
  4. Role-play slideshow: A Mediation session with Shawn, Tyler, and Dennis
  5. Role-play slideshow: Thicken Your Skin to Put-Downs

Other basic needs role-play slideshow links

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  3. Role-play slideshow: Oscar the Outcast
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Other self-mentoring role-play slideshow links

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  3. Role-play slideshow: Jerry Checks His Facts
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  5. Role-play slideshow: Who Really Started the Rumor about Cindy?

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