As a way for students to develop an understanding for all of the different roles they play in their own lives they read a story about a girl named Jenny and try to identify all of the different roles she plays in her life.
The story provided can be used as a pre-assessment to find out if your students understand the idea behind "roles." They are at least 15 roles that Jenny plays in the story and an answer key is provided.
I've used this activity for years when I taught 7th grade Psychology and Sociology for students to better understand self-discovery and identity. As a follow-up to the activity I'd have students use newspapers and magazines to create their own role diagrams with images and words that describe their own lives.
This could be used at the beginning of the school year to get an insight into your students lives. Students enjoy the activity and enjoy making their own role diagrams.
Supplies needed for activity:
1. Construction Paper
4. Colored Pencils/Markers
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