WHAT YOU NEED
WHAT TO DO
Once students have the done their research, they should work together to write a ten-minute script for the two characters, using a question-and-answer format. Suggest that students then roleplay their parts for the class.
Before students roleplay, review with them the techniques of interviewing, such as deciding what is the principal thing they want the audience to know about the event. Make the analogy to a headline in a news story. Remind them also of the five important questions -- Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How -- of a news story.
Limit the interviews to a specific decade, such as the 1950s. Or choose one major event, such as World War II, and have students role-play events in different places.
Present a number of the skits, in chronological order, as part of single production with a unifying theme, such as the struggle for democracy.
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