This is an incredibly fun role-playing activity that I use to liven up the unit on the end of the Ottoman Empire. It is a role-playing activity that mimics a "Meet the Press" style political talk show.
Four students volunteer to play the roles of four individuals who have different ideas about how to fix the ailing Ottoman Empire. A fifth person (preferably you, the teacher) plays the role of the anchorman.
The individuals are Egyptian leader Mohammed Ali, Muhammad Al-Wahhab, Mustafa Kemal (later Ataturk), and a fictional peasant named Khaled Sherif.
This package includes the following things:
- An extremely cool PowerPoint that serves as the intro for the "show" on the day of the performance (it is designed to copy the intro to Meet the Press).
- Character sheets for each student participating in the role-play that they are given the day before the show, to familiarize themselves with their characters.
- A handout for the remainder of the class that they fill in as the TV show is being conducted to make sure they are understanding the relevant ideas.
- A script for the anchorperson that includes interview questions to ask the role-players.
- Big pictures of the characters to create the masks I show in the preview image.
- A 12 minute instructional video narrated by me that walks you through the whole process of how to set up this lesson in detail.
I've had great success with this lesson -- it is one you can repeat every year and the kids always find it memorable. Personally, I've always found it difficult to make the Ottoman Empire interesting, and this activity definitely livens it up!