|The Voices of Children at War|
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A PERFORMANCE ACTIVITY
To the Teacher:
Principal Reader: The Principal Reader introduces the topic and concludes with a summary and exhortation to action. This might be a student leader or a teacher who can lead a follow-up discussion about what action to take after the performance.
4 Stage Readers: The Stage Readers stand or sit on a stage or at the front of the room. Alternatively, they could stand at the center of an audience seated in a circle around them. Because much of their parts are question and answer, they should address each other as well as the audience. Stage Reader #1 asks most of the questions. Try to have a balance between boys and girls as Stage Readers.
Audience Readers: There could be as many as 45
readers, each reading a separate part (One child, B from Uganda, speaks
twice) or a team of readers who read several parts. The Audience Readers
sit among the audience; groups who read in succession might sit together.
Those reading responses to the same topic might be seated together in
order to cue each other. When each has a part to read, he or she stands,
announcing the name of the child soldier and the child's home country.
Try to have a balance between boys and girls as Audience Readers. Students
do not necessarily have to be the same sex as the child they are representing.