Scripts for Role-Playing: Setting the Stage for Social Success Kathleen Babineau

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Ages: 8-13
Grades: 3-8

"I can't believe you're eating that!" "I gotta go, I gotta go!" These social comments are lesson topics in this unique series of interactive group lessons that target discrete, everyday social situations.

The program is designed for students who have largely intact language skills but lack social insight. Based on role-playing and employing a social cognitive approach, the lessons include one-page scripts for students to act out and discussion questions to help them analyze the behaviors portrayed in the scripts. Actors (students) learn to consider how body language, tone of voice, volume, and gestures affect social communication. Audience members (peers) carefully watch and analyze these aspects.

This Future Book is divided into three sections: School Scripts, Friends and Family Scripts, and General Language Scripts. Over 130 lessons target right-on social situations, such as Where Should I Sit?, Hallway Noises, Hands Off, Too Many Questions, and Is This Meal for Real?

Each Lesson includes:

  • lesson plan outline
  • home connection letter
  • two scripts, one version in which the characters are socially successful and one in which they are not
  • discussion questions
  • self-evaluation rubric
  • teacher evaluation rubric
  • mini-poster or activity page when appropriate.

COMPLETE PRODUCT INCLUDES: 130, 3- to 5-page lessons in black and white PDF, all on one CD-ROM. (©2009)