Students are invited to
voice their individual opinion either through writing or speaking. Given
the conflict of our African prince, the students could choose to write
from a point of view from the story, like Henry Clay or Prince Ibrahima
or Dr. Cox. Offer a more general theme like "Might makes right,"
and have the students relate personally to it. This would allow for
more flexibility and encourages participation. The student may choose
to write a paper, letter to the editor, or other written commentary
for a public audience to voice opinions about Ibrahima's situation.
The other option would be for a student to write a speech to be made
to the rest of the class or other group of students on the same topic
as a character of the story. Students may need to complete more research
on the real Prince Ibrahima, but most arguments may come from the story
and personal opinion. Be sure to make the point that effective communication
is key to being able to smooth over a tough situation. Whether the student
writes or speaks to an audience, he must learn this peaceful method
of solving problems.
Supporting BooksBooks and Resources for Setting Up the Problem and Leading Its Resolution