This classroom activity allows students to experience small group communication components firsthand. Students will be divided into groups of five, with each member receiving a character background that the member will role-play. The character backgrounds are to be kept hidden from other members, and each member has an ulterior goal that the member will try to achieve, unbeknownst to the other members. The character backgrounds are designed to force conflict among the group members. At the conclusion of the activity, students will discuss how the different character roles affected the group, and what unifying message might have worked in uniting the group members.
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Kice, B. (2011). Identifying Rhetorical Visions and Group Roles Through Role-play. Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota Journal, 38, 78-82.