Role playing allows for topic exploration and entertainment, making learning fun and engaging for students. I tell my students that in today's lesson, they will participate in interviewing role play of Stuart in the book Stuart Little by E.B. White. I ask students to spend the first 20 minutes of class composing open-ended interview questions for the main character Stuart in the book Stuart Little by E.B. White. I tell them to pretend Stuart is visiting our class and will answer these questions. I explain to my students that good open-ended interview questions can begin with "How" or "Why" and will provide insight into the thoughts and actions of Stuart. (I display the attached Powerpoint slide on the Smartboard for students to remember their task.) I tell them that in the next segment of the lesson, they will work with a partner to answer each other's questions as if they themselves are the main character Stuart.
After students have composed their interview questions for Stuart, I instruct them to take about 10 minutes each to work with a partner to answer each other's questions as if they are Stuart in the book Stuart Little. As I walk around and listen in on the interviews, I hear some good open-ended questions that require some imaginative, creative thinking on the part of my students (i.e., How did human parents have a mouse as a son? How did George treat Stuart as a brother?, Where else will Stuart go on his adventurous journeys?, etc.)
To close the lesson, we play a game called 'The Last Word." Students think of one word which describes Stuart Little and explain why they think that word describes him. Then we go around the room to allow students to share their thoughts as a whole group. Some words they used to describe Stuart included brave, loyal, friendly, son, and brother.