Benefits

 

  • provides the students with an opportunity to actively
    explore perspectives
  • allows for active and motivated learning during class time,
    class time engagement, social collaboration, and a
    development of presentation skills
Instructor
Preparation

Medium/High

  • developing role-playing situation
  • determining logistics (i.e., determining roles)
  • post-role-play discussion/activities
Activity Time Entire class session/more complex homework assignment
Student
Participation

pairs/groups

Facilitation
Tips
Depending on the size of the class, some students may be
assigned as student observers who analyze the performance and
provide feedback.
Assessment medium stakes, formative/summative

During a role-playing activity, students interact in a structured environment from the perspective of historical figures, literary characters, or even the components of cellular respiration. Students are either assigned roles or choose roles to play. Prior to the role-playing session, students will need to prepare for the role though self-guided research and self-assessed comprehension of the lesson’s key concepts. The instructor must communicate expectations for the role-playing sessions for all individuals involved. The role-play activity should focus tie back to the lesson’s key concepts.

During role-playing sessions, students must be able to adapt, improvise based on their knowledge gained from research, and demonstrate knowledge of the lesson’s key concepts.

A role-playing activity may be done as a whole class or in small groups/pairs. And role-playing may be brought outside of class time or online through, for example, recorded role-playing performances or interview sessions on digital collaborative tools.