Tapping the Power of Live-Action Roleplay

Jenny Lim & Greg Trefry

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"It reminds you that people like you can push laws into place" - student

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Remote Roleplay

Let's Play: A Remote prototype of VOXPOP

Free Resources

Rules of THumb πŸ‘

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Light 'n Easy

Writing Letters

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Free Resources

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Medium Lift

Pop-up Cases

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Heavy Lift

Who Made the New Deal?

The Shays Rebellion

Multi-Character Role Plays

Free Resources

Roleplay Rules of πŸ‘

1. Set Up the World

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Tapping the Power of Live-Action Roleplay

Roleplay Rules of πŸ‘

1. Set Up the World

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Roleplay Rules of πŸ‘

2. Set Up the Characters

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Roleplay Rules of πŸ‘

2. Set Up the Characters

But keep it short

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Roleplay Rules of πŸ‘

2. Set Up the Characters

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Roleplay Rules of πŸ‘

3. Set Up the Conflict

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Roleplay Rules of πŸ‘

3. Set Up the Conflict

Rounds

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1. Groups

2. Compromise

3. Debrief

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1. Groups

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1. Groups

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2. Compromise

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2. Compromise

2. Compromise

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2. Compromise

2. Compromise

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2. Compromise

3. Debrief

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3. Debrief

Roleplay Structure

Setup

  • World
  • Characters
  • Conflict
    • 3-4 issues

Play

  • Groups
  • Compromise
    • Speeches
    • Voting
  • Debrief

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Zinn Education Project

We recommend

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How to Run a Roleplay

Avoid: Recreating trauma, performing stereotypes

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Aim: Intellectual understanding

CiviL Rights Role Play

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This summer we will be writing a role play related to the civil rights movement.Β 

Which topic would you be most likely to use in your class?

Resources

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Model Diplomacy

Pop-Up Cases

The Shays Rebellion

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If your last name starts with...

You're A

Banker

A-F

You're A

Trader

G-L

You're A

REGULATOR

M-R

You're A

Farmer

M-R

Banker

You live and work in Boston, with the most educated people in Massachusetts. Through your bank you are helping grow the economy. Protestors don't understand: If the state defaults on its debts, it will ruin the economy.

YOU WANT:

A prosperous Massachusetts

YOU FEAR:

Losing money invested in state notes

Trader

You are a trader specializing in fruits and preserves. You live near the seaport in Boston with your younger sister. After your father died in the war, you inherited his business. It is very difficult running a business in such turbulent times.

YOU WANT:

A safe and stable state

YOU FEAR:

Mobs, violence, anarchy

Regulator

YOU WANT:

More say in government

YOU FEAR:

Rich bankers & traders control the government

You are a lawyer from Great Barrington. You represent a lot of poor farmers struggling with debt. You believe the common folk have little power. They need protection from wealthy bankers & traders.

Farmer

You tend a small farm in Pittsfield. Your neighbors fled to Vermont because their debtors threatened to jail them. The government should protect its citizens!

YOU WANT:

Freedom to work our land & grown our farms

YOU FEAR:

Going to jail because of debts & taxes

Finance

Bankers

Traders

Regulators

Farmers

Farmers came to us in need.

We helped them. Now they blame us for their poverty.

If the state defaults on its debt, who will ever trust Massachusetts again?

Everyone must pay their debts!

THINK...

Building a prosperous state requires a government. And a government needs money to operate. That means paying your taxes.

A state note is a contract and contracts need to be honored.

THINK...

The veteran farmers who helped free this country are getting ripped off.

Bankers and traders are using the government to line their own pockets.

We've replaced a king with bankers and traders.

THINK...

The bankers use the notes owed us to enrich themselves.
First, we have to sell our notes for pennies. Now our taxes go to the bankers who bought those notes.
The government has fallen into the hands of the wealthy. They're a gang of thieves!

FARMERS ARGUE...

Finance Proposals

Increase Taxes on Foreign Goods

Also known as tariffs. Merchants would pay taxes on international imports when passing through Boston Harbor.

Sell Public Land to Raise Funds

Sell unused land and use the proceeds to cover state expenses. This would permit the state to lower taxes.

Devalue State Notes

Stop financiers from profiting off Massachusetts tax dollars. People holding state notes would get back what they paid for them, not twenty times more.

VOTE ON Proposals

THE WINNER IS...

What actually happened

Government did sell public land.

Taxes on farmers dropped dramatically.

Payments on the state debt dwindled. Finally, the Federal Treasury bought it.

Debrief

How do you deal with different perspectives on the same problem?

What strategies did you use to try and work together?

What’s more important, sticking to your ideals or creating compromise?

Tapping the Power of Live-Action Roleplay

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VOXPOP: Tapping the Power of Live-Action Roleplay

By Greg Trefry

VOXPOP: Tapping the Power of Live-Action Roleplay

Through our work with museums and schools, we have developed a set of best practices for creating and facilitating live-action role-plays about civics and history. In this presentation, we explore how teachers can continue to use role-plays to engage students in digital classrooms.

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