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Holocaust  
Uprising
Resisting the Nazis; Scenarios
and Role - Play

Directions to the Group: Carefully read the scenario below. Decide which people in the group will portray which characters when you present the role-play to the class. Read and discuss the questions that follow the role-play. Those questions will help you as you decide how you will present the scenario.

Stick 'Em Up!

Last Wednesday, Carlos and Stephanie had to stay late at school for a Prom Committee meeting. While they both knew to be careful after a certain hour, they weren't too worried about walking to the bus stop by themselves -- the school was in a really safe neighborhood and they had each other as protection. Besides, the walk was only two blocks, and it was only 7pm. They were walking down Fourth Street, just past the underpass of Route 2, when an older man walked up to them from the other direction. As he approached, he turned to Carlos and said, "Excuse me, could you tell me where Second Street is?" Carlos was just about to answer when two other people wearing ski masks jumped out from behind the wall of the overpass. One of the men grabbed Stephanie by the throat and the other pushed Carlos against the wall. They demanded that Stephanie and Carlos hand over their backpacks and their wallets. The first man pulled out a knife and held it up to Carlos' face. Another man yelled, "We don't want to hurt you. Don't yell. We need cash. Give us your money and we'll leave you alone. Fight back or call for help, and we'll kill you both."

FREEZE: STOP THE ROLE-PLAY HERE.

Questions for Students to Consider in Planning a Role Play
(a)What might Carlos and Stephanie be talking about while they walk home from the Prom Committee meeting?
(b)How do you think the element of surprise might affect their response to the two men?
(c)One of the attackers gives Carlos and Stephanie a chance to ensure their safety. Why do you think the men are so desperate for money?
(d)What if Carlos and Stephanie hadn’t answered the first man, or had run away from him before he addressed them? Would you consider this appropriate, or inappropriate? Why?
(e)How might Carlos and Stephanie respond to the men when they demand their backpacks? Will they give their backpacks over or fight the men off? Why do you think this?
(f)Do Stephanie and Carlos have a chance to make a plan of action? Why or why not?
(g)What might an onlooker do in this situation? What should Carlos and Stephanie expect of an onlooker?

Directions to the Group: Carefully read the scenario below. Decide which people in the group will portray which characters when you present the role-play to the class. Read and discuss the questions that follow the role-play. Those questions will help you as you decide how you will present the scenario.

Cafeteria Crisis

Rob and Jon are freshmen in high school. They met in gym class on the first day of school and are now best friends. They're not part of the "cool crowd" but aren't outsiders, either. For the most part, they're well liked, for freshmen. They attribute this to the fact that they mind their own business and are basically friendly to everyone. One day, as they were sitting in the lunchroom at their favorite table, they heard Michael Marcus, the center of the Varsity Basketball Team, talking really loudly. "I say we make the lunchroom 'freshman free' during the best lunch blocks," he was saying. "Why should some juniors and seniors have to have early lunch or stand during their free periods? We earned the privilege of having the prime lunch blocks. We served our time as little freshmen. We should all be able to sit where we want to sit when we want to sit there." As he was talking, his voice was getting louder and louder -- his friends were laughing and he obviously started feeling more convinced of his argument. Just then, he spied Jessica Smith and Tiffany Green, freshmen who sat next to Jon in Math class, sitting at the table next to Michael and his friends. Jessica was quietly studying and eating her lunch, and Tiffany was trying to pretend like they didn't hear what Michael was saying. "Hey, girls, what the hell are you doing sitting at that table? Don't you realize that's reserved for seniors only? Hey! I'm talkin' to you, freshmen. You're not ignoring me, are you? Hey guys -- I think that little one has a crush on me -- look how nervous she's getting!" In the middle of all this, Rob and Jon looked over at Jessica and Tiffany and saw their faces -- Tiffany looked almost panicked. Jessica caught Jon's eye as if to say, "help me!"

FREEZE: STOP THE ROLE-PLAY HERE.

Questions for Students to Consider in Planning a Role Play
(a) Why is Michael Marcus getting so worked up about freshmen in the lunchroom? How might this reasoning affect his behavior?
(b) Why do you think Michael Marcus picked on Jessica and Tiffany and not someone else?
(c) Why might Rob and Jon help Jessica? Why might they keep their mouths shut?
(d) Is it fair to demand that all freshmen have a certain lunch period?
(e) What are some of the ways that Rob and Jon (and Tiffany and Jessica) might react in this situation to minimize the conflict?
(f) What if there was a cafeteria monitor nearby, listening? Would the students' reactions be different than if there were no teacher nearby?

Directions to the Group: Carefully read the scenario below. Decide which people in the group will portray which characters when you present the role-play to the class. Read and discuss the questions that follow the role-play. Those questions will help you as you decide how you will present the scenario.

Class Conflicts

On Monday, Sari shows up at her English classroom to find out that her teacher is absent. There was supposed to be an exam that day, so Sari and the rest of the class is pretty excited that there's a sub. However, the substitute is really strict and has a funny accent. She starts off the period by telling everyone that she's going to write down the names of anyone who talks -- before anyone even opens their mouth. Of course, the whole class starts to laugh and misbehave… except Sari. It was very important to Sari to stay out of trouble, even when the rest of her friends in English class were having so much fun. For the past year, Sari had a huge crush on Jake, a guy in her Spanish class, and he had FINALLY asked her out. But Sari's mom was really strict, and didn't want Sari to date. To solve the problem, Sari promised her mother that she'd stay out of trouble at school. Her mom agreed that, as long as Sari was keeping her grades up, she could go out with Jake. Sari was NOT going to miss her opportunity. She was going to keep her nose clean and keep her promise to her mother. Sari sat quietly and even ignored her friends when they tried to include her in their antics. About 5 minutes before the bell was supposed to ring, Sari tossed a note she had written to the back of the room, to her friend Todd. The sub saw it land on Todd's desk and yelled at him. She wrote his name down and told him he was going to get in trouble with the principal. Todd tried to explain that it was Sari's note, but the substitute interrupted him and said, "Well, Mister, since you tried to talk back, I'm writing down the names of everyone in your row. All of you will get detention. Anyone else want to start with me?" Now, because of Sari, six people were getting in trouble. Before she could decide what to do, the bell rang.

FREEZE: STOP THE ROLE-PLAY HERE.

Questions for Students to Consider in Planning a Role Play
(a) Should Sari tell the sub the truth, or let Todd take the bum rap?
(b) Why might Sari want to stand up for Todd and admit it was her fault? Why might she rather keep her mouth shut?
(c) Should Todd expect Sari to stand up for him? Should he ask Sari to explain the truth to the sub?
(d) Do you think that the substitute teacher acted fairly? Why/ why not?
(e) If you were one of Sari's friends in her English class, how might you feel when she ignored you?
(f) What do you think the other six people in Todd's row must be thinking?

Directions to the Group: Carefully read the scenario below. Decide which people in the group will portray which characters when you present the role-play to the class. Read and discuss the questions that follow the role-play. Those questions will help you as you decide how you will present the scenario.

Outnumbered

Travis was the only sophomore on his high school's varsity football team. All the other players on the team were juniors and seniors, but because of his arm and his speed, Travis had made first string quarterback. One day after practice, he was walking out of the locker room when seven guys from the team came up behind him and slammed the door shut. Travis knew the guys (one of them, David, was his good friend from the neighborhood) so he wasn't too nervous. Besides, they were laughing, so he figured that they weren't really going to mess with him. One of the guys, part of the line who blocked for Travis when he was playing, explained that this was the football team initiation ceremony and that if Travis did what they said to do he'd be part of the "crew." "Everyone goes through this," he said. "We all did, right guys?" Then they told Travis that as part of his initiation, he'd have to do three things: 1. Pick one freshman and harass him ("You don't really need to hurt him too bad, just shake him up a bit,"), 2. Take the Cardinal Pledge, which promised "honor and loyalty" to the team, and to keep that promise no matter what ("This team is more than a team, we're a brotherhood."), and 3. Travis had to swallow three live goldfish. Travis didn't like this idea. He felt badly picking on a younger kid and, even though he wasn't very religious, the goldfish and pledge parts went against some pretty important traditions of his culture -- and he knew it would hurt his mother if she found out that he had broken those traditions. He tried to explain but heard one of the guys say, "I told you he wasn't varsity quality. He's a mama's boy." When Travis looked to Dave for support, his friend looked at the ground. Travis felt trapped. He wanted to prove to his team members that he was worthy of their support, but felt like he had to be loyal to his own gut instincts. Suddenly, one of the other guys pulled out a big wooden paddle. "My dad used this in his college days," he said, "When his less worthy fraternity brothers would turn traitor."

FREEZE: STOP THE ROLE-PLAY HERE.

Questions for Students to Consider in Planning a Role Play
(a) What might Travis do in this situation?
(b) Why is this a hard choice for Travis? Why doesn't he just go to the coach and tell him what happened?
(c) Should David be responsible for protecting Travis? Should Travis ask David for help?
(d) What's the big deal? Why doesn't Travis just play along?
(e) If you were one of the seven guys, would you stand up for Travis? Why or why not?
(f) What might David do in this situation?


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