The Summer of the Swans Extension Activities
- Grades: 3–5, 6–8
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CLASS PROJECT: Understanding Differences
Review with students that Charlie is different; he has special problems and cannot help how he acts. Ask students what being different means to them. Have the class brainstorm ways that people can be different. Then try this role-playing activity. Pass out slips of paper, one slip per student, on which one of the following instructions is written:
- You can't talk.
- You can't use your hands.
- You can't see. (Keep your eyes closed.)
- You can't stand or walk.
Throughout the day tell students in one of these groups to act out their roles. Then conduct a normal class lesson. At the end of the day, when each group has had a turn to role.play, discuss how students felt. Did anyone help them? Were other students understanding? How could their behavior have made a difference? How did students who were not role-playing feel?