The Options Role Play is a unique activity at the heart of the Choices Program’s curriculum units. It is what makes Choices units so engaging and dynamic. The Choices Program has a number of resources and tools for use with the Options Role Play.
A Choices Role Play – North Korea
Watch students do the role-play activity from Conflict on the Korean Peninsula: North Korea and the Nuclear Threat
Tips for Role Plays
Learn about ways to ensure a successful Choices role-play or simulation experience for students.
Tools for Role Play Preparation
Activity: Prioritizing Values in Public Policy
One of our mandates as teachers is to help students become active citizens by entering into the national dialogue on public policy issues. An understanding of values is central to these discussions. However, some students enter the discussion unsure of what is meant by values. This simple values exercise can clarify the concept of values and how they shape policy.
Areas of Concern document
This tool can be used as check in to see if groups are ready, or it can be used as an assessment at the end of the role play. We provide you with a blank Areas of Concern document as well as a sample completed copy, based on the unit China on the World Stage: Weighing the U.S. Response.
Option Analysis Chart
In preparation for the role play, students in each options group could complete the section of this graphic organizer that pertains to their assigned option. The rest of this chart is designed for use during the role play.
Tools for the Role Play
Options Role Play Note-taking Sheet
This tool helps students recall the main idea of each option, and the questions they have about each.
Options Analysis Chart
This is a helpful matrix that can be adapted to the specific content of a unit.
Tools for Deliberation and Option 5
Guidelines for Deliberation
These guidelines are designed to help students understand and practice deliberative dialogue.
Preparing for Deliberation
This document can help students prepare for deliberative dialogue.
Speaker Deliberation Cards
These cards are an excellent tool to keep students on task or to help students set goals during deliberation.
Deliberative Dialogue, Fishbowl Style
This is an alternative format for conducting a deliberative dialogue.
Rubric for Option 5 Essay
This rubric can help students understand “Option 5” expectations as they conduct the deliberative dialogue.
Tools for Assessing the Role Play, Deliberation and Your Own Option
Here are some ideas for alternatives to a traditional role play.