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NCSS: Role Playing

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

Students work in four cooperative groups to make personal decisions as to whether to help the Danish Jews or to go to Sweden based on their character assignment. Students discuss their character with other students that share the same character.

Before the Activity

See the attached Activity PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity.

Print the appropriate pages from the Activity for your class.

Install the LearningCheck™ App on the students' graphing calculators following the attached instructions.

Review the first activity prior to beginning this activity.

During the Activity

  • Distribute the appropriate pages from the Activity to your class
  • Distribute the LearningCheckt™ file(s) to your class using TI Connect™ and the appropriate TI Connectivity cable
  • Follow the procedures outlined in the Activity


  • Students will:
  • Read and comprehend a work of literature (Number the Stars by Lois Lowry).
  • Identify the historical facts concerning the Danish Resistance from a piece of literature.
  • Analyze and discuss the possible actions of average Danish citizens.
  • Create a poster articulating the facts concerning the Danish Resistance.
  • After the Activity

    Conclude the activity by discussing the following:

  • In your groups, which characters helped the Jews escape to Sweden? Why do you believe that? What facts about the characters made it a difficult decision?
  • What did Mr./Mrs. Rosen decide? What facts had to be considered before the final decision was made?
  • Give an example of how people today are forced to make decisions about helping others.
  • If someone is being bullied at school and a classmate steps in to help, is the classmate brave? Explain.
  • Have you ever been involved in a case of bullying? How did you respond? Why? What happened?