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In "Moral Tales," a Tapestry of Faith program
To keep children engaged, you may wish to move back and forth between questions that help them review the story and scenarios that engage their application of the story concepts. Both are provided in Leader Resource, Golden Rule Role Play Scenarios.
If you have told the story, "The Good Samaritan," in a participatory manner with some of the children taking roles, draw out the volunteer actors' experiences.
Gather children in chairs set in a semi-circle. Review the story, "The Good Samaritan," with these questions:
If you have done the participatory version of the story, ask the two children who played the people who didn't stop to help, "How did it feel to be acting out this part and not to help the wounded man?"
If you have told the participatory version of the story, ask the child who played the wounded man how he/she felt.
If you have told the participatory version of the story, address these questions directly to the child who played the Samaritan.
Choose one or two scenarios to suggest to the group. You may lead a whole group discussion of a scenario, or ask for volunteers to role play. Use the sound maker to start and stop role play action so that you can interview each child participating in the role play.
Introduce the role-playing by saying:
Situations like the one in "The Good Samaritan," where someone needs help and we have to decide whether to help or not, happen all of the time. I will describe a situation to you and you tell me how you would like to be treated if this happened to you, and how you could act with caring and compassion if it happened to someone else.
Choose one or more of these scenarios for children to discuss and/or volunteer to act out in a role play.
Ask the children if they can think of other situations in which they have had to help someone they didn't know very well, or have been helped by someone they didn't know very well. Ask how these situations felt.
To close this activity, remind the children that, like empathy, compassion is relating to how another person or living being feels and opening your heart to their need.
There may be children in the group who have special needs and often require others' help, or children who are frequently bullied. Try to be sensitive to how this discussion may feel to them, particularly and how exposed it may make them feel. Try to choose examples that could happen to any child in the group.
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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.
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