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Role-play slideshow: Water of Life

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Get your free PDF download of the scripted role-play called “Water of Life.” Just scroll down near the end of this article for the free download link.

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This is one of several Hero’s Journey role-plays appropriate for middle school students that teaches anti-bullying and Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey process.

Role-play description

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

Hero’s Journey role-play description: Three brothers and their little sister work very hard to build a palace, a church, and a garden on their land. People came from miles around to look and admire. An old man informed them they still lacked acquiring a branch from the tree of beauty, the water of life, and a talking bird. Each brother, in turn, attempted to acquire these three items. Each brother ran into danger since they did not fully follow the directions given by a kindly giantess. It was up to the Little Sister to attempt to save the day.

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 “Water of Life.”

The role-play features five guy actors: Oldest Brother, Middle Brother, Youngest Brother, Old Man, and a Prince.

The role-play also features three girl actors: Little Sister, Old Woman, and a Giantess.

The old man, old woman, and the Prince have the small- to medium-size parts. The giantess, the three brothers, and the little sister have the medium- to big-size 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:

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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Other Hero’s Journey set 1 role-play slideshow links

  1. Role-play slideshow: Water of Life
  2. Role-play slideshow: The Ball
  3. Role-play slideshow: The Drum
  4. Role-play slideshow: The Dance
  5. Role-play slideshow: The Heart
  6. Role-play slideshow: The Word
  7. Role-play slideshow: The Feeling
  8. Role-play slideshow: The Star

Other Hero’s Journey set 2 role-play slideshow links

(coming soon)

The Hero’s Journey of Little Jack

  1. Role-play slideshow: The 'ordinary world' of Little Jack
  2. Role-play slideshow: Little Jack receives his 'call to adventure'
  3. Role-play slideshow: Little Jack crosses the 'first threshold'
  4. Role-play slideshow: Little Jack approaches the 'inmost cave'
  5. Role-play slideshow: Little Jack goes through a 'supreme ordeal'
  6. Role-play slideshow: Little Jack's cousin Jordan comes for a long visit
  7. Role-play slideshow: Little Jack's reward
  8. Role-play slideshow: Little Jack's got it all figured out

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