November 14, 2002
Our class loves to read plays from magazines and from our text book out loud in class. We give them 10 points extra credit if they read a part. Selection of parts has been a source of conflict and hassle. Sometimes selecting pupils for parts took longer than the actual reading. Here’s our solution: List all characters/narrators on small slips of paper. List how many classes you have. We have three periods, so under the character we list 1-3 with a dash after the number. Fold the papers and put them in a container. Ask students who care to read a part to raise their hand. Start on one side of the room and work your way over until all the parts are taken. Give students one minute to exchange parts if they don’t like the major one or male/female one. Ask them to write their name next to the period and then collect all of them. Now begin reading the play. At the end of the day, use the slips of paper to record 10 points extra credit for the names on the slips of paper. This procedure is easy, peaceful and efficient. The students like it much better and there is no competition, conflict or whining now!