Tools for the Options Role Play

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 copy as well as one completed as a sample, 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.

Options Group Preparation Sheet and Undecided Citizens Preparation Sheet

Both of these documents are useful for keeping students on track during the preparation.

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

Self-assessment Student Rubric

Teacher Rubric for Options Role Play

Options Role Play Rubric

Option 5 Essay Rubric

Alternatives to Role Plays

Here are some ideas for alternatives to a traditional role play.

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