Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Heeding the Call: A Program on Justicemaking for Junior High School Youth

Alternate Activity 1: Can You Guess Who I Am?

Activity time: 15 minutes

Materials for Activity

Description of Activity

The group hears a riddle about being different.

Let youth know that the answer to this riddle is based on a story written by Robert May. Robert was just over 5 feet tall and as a child he was often bullied and teased. Since he was smaller than everyone else in his grade, he was often left out of sports. As an adult he became a copywriter, and he used his abilities with the written word to write a story about bringing happiness to the world specifically because of different abilities. Ask youth not to say the answer aloud if they figure it out before the riddle is complete.

Read Leader Resource 2, Riddle. Let youth share their guesses. The answer is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Divide the group into smaller groups of three or four and invite them to create their own riddle of another well-known character-whether a cartoon character or a real person-who had unique abilities that became needed abilities in society. Encourage them to come up with more than one riddle if there is time. Have the groups read their riddles aloud for the other groups to guess.