Activity 3: Ethical Skits
Activity time: 40 minutes
Materials for Activity
- A selection of props for skits, such as small toys, natural objects, kitchen utensils, silk flowers, ping pong balls, etc
- Hats, swaths of fabric, and other items for simple costumes
- Assorted construction paper, drawing paper, and markers
Preparation for Activity
- Set out supplies where all can reach them.
- Arrange for separate spaces for small groups to work without disturbing or overhearing others.
Description of Activity
Have participants move into small groups and create skits that feature a real-life ethical dilemma. Invite groups to choose a situation that has more than one possible ethical choice, depending on one's perspective and ethical framework. Ask them to make the ending of their skit clear. Invite them to use prop and costume supplies as they wish.
Allow 20 minutes for skit creation. Then, invite each group in turn to present their skit. After each presentation, invite the large group to suggest alternate endings. Groups may wish to act out the suggested alternate endings or simply to identify them. Invite comments and observations about the experience of creating and watching the skits.