In "Moral Tales," a Tapestry of Faith program
The chair set apart is the "hot seat." The person in the hot seat will pretend to be one of the characters from the story. The rest of us can ask the person in the hot seat questions. The person in the hot seat answers as the character.
Be the first one in the hot seat. Tell the children that you are going to leave the room and come back as one of the characters. Leave, come back, and introduce yourself. You may say:
Hello, children. I am the Mullah Nasruddin. Do you have any questions for me?
Tell the children they may raise their hands and ask the character questions about the story. Answer a question or two, then ask if someone else would like to take a turn in the hot seat. Let this child leave the room and come back as the same or a new character. After a short while, suggest that another child take the hot seat. If the children are all eager to be in the hot seat, then limit one or two questions per turn in the hot seat.
As needed, guide the activity by sharing with the group these rules:
The goal of this activity is to help the children develop a deeper understanding of the story, to explore the feelings and the perspectives of the characters in more depth, and to have a personal experience of empathy.
In the story ,"Mullah Nasruddin Feeds His Coat, " characters to role play include Nasruddin, the wealthy host, and the other guests. If the children have difficulty coming up with questions, model asking questions with these:
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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