Last Updated: Thursday, July 30, 2020

Back to school – good choices – secondary

What is this?

In this activity, young people will prepare a short drama which encourages younger children to think about the choices they make.

For young people at S1/S2/S3

This task encourages you to use your experience to help younger children make good choices or decisions.

Your challenge is to write a script for a short drama, based on a central character who has to make a number of decisions. Call the leading character Jamie, or better still choose a name you prefer – you are making a decision!

  • Draw a sketch of your character as an outline, or make it as detailed as you wish. Try to show some of their personality in the sketch. Write a description around your sketch of what they are like. For example are they funny, shy, brave or kind?
  • Your drama aims to involve the younger children in thinking about the decisions the character makes, and discussing these decisions with one or more friends or classmates. Some of the decisions should be quite serious, for example to do with the character’s safety. Some could be funny, for example when a dog runs off with the character’s food when they choose to leave it on a bench, rather than put it back in their bag. The main purpose of this activity is to encourage children to make positive choices.
  • Now begin to script the drama. Choose an event in your imaginary lead character’s day or week, involving other characters if you wish. Your lead character might be going to the shop to buy something for their family, and meet someone on their way. They might have arranged to contact a friend by phone, but get distracted playing a computer game. They might be given a piece of work to do, but choose to take a short cut and do less work. You could use some of your own experiences if you wish. Make the script or dialogue as realistic as you can for younger children. You might want to make it quite easy to see the better decision in some cases, and more difficult in others.
  • Write the script in perhaps three or four short scenes, in each of which your character makes better or worse decisions. At the end of each scene, include a few questions which ask the younger children to discuss what has just happened and how your character handled the decision. You could maybe think of a points system where the children are awarded more points for better decisions.
  • If you like, why not act out the scenes yourself, and get someone to make a video or audio recording on a phone? You could find or create appropriate “props” or sound effects for each of the scenes and decisions. Keep a record or file of all the work you do for this task. It will show others how imaginative you are, and how well you can complete a task.