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Opportunity Costs – Making Choices (MB)

Subject Area: Drama

Getting Started:

Manitoba The Arts (Drama) Curriculum Outcomes:

  • DR. C1.1 — generate multiple ideas for drama from personally meaningful and relevant sources.
  • DR. C1.6 — share own ideas and respectfully consider the ideas of others in the creative process.
  • DR. U3.4 — demonstrate appreciation of dramas a means of experiencing the world and understanding the perspective of others.

Learning Goals:

  • Students will appreciate different points of view regarding their needs and wants. They will view how teens interact with parents and how to make choices.

Readiness:

  • The students need to understand the difference between needs and wants.

Materials Needed:

  • Copies of the scenarios.
Learning Activity:

Introduction to Lesson:

  • Ask the students to define a need and a want.
  • Ask them to think about a time when they had a discussion with their parent(s) about something they wanted or needed. How did it end up?

Action:

  • Divide the class into groups of two or three. Note: The teacher may want to have the dialogues in pairs with only one parent participating, if there are single parent
    families in the class.
  • Cut up the scenarios and hand one to each group.
  • Tell the students to read the scenario, discuss the role each will play and write a conversation that might occur between the teen and the parent(s).
  • They will rehearse and act out their dialogues.

Consolidation of Learning:

  • Have all the “A “scenarios presented and then lead a discussion stressing how the teen had to make choices or compromise. Repeat the process with scenarios B, C, and D.
Evaluating Success:

Success Criteria:

  • The students will demonstrate an appreciation that you have to make choices — you can’t have everything.
  • The students will understand some ways of communicating effectively.

Confirming Activity:

  • Ask the students to explain how, the next time they want to discuss purchasing something with their parents, they will attempt to understand their parents’ perspective. Ask them also if they are more likely to be willing to compromise.
Dialogue Scenarios

Scenario A

  1. A teen wants to purchase a pair of designer jeans that cost more than the store brand jeans. (His or her) parents say the jeans are too expensive. Write a dialogue between the parents and the teen. The teen understands that the jeans are too expensive but he or she is willing to contribute somehow to the cost. e.g., by doing extra jobs around the house to earn money towards the purchase. You decide what the result of the conversation will be.
  2. A teen wants to purchase a pair of designer jeans that cost more than the store brand jeans. (His or her) parents say the jeans are too expensive. The teen gets angry. Write a dialogue between the parent and the teen. You decide what the result of the conversation will be.
  3. A teen wants to purchase a pair of designer jeans that cost more than the store brand jeans. (His or her) parents say the jeans are expensive, and if they buy the store brand jeans, the trade off will be that they can also go a movie. Write a dialogue between the parents and the teen. The teen realizes that the designer jeans are too expensive. You decide what the result of the conversation will be.

Scenario B

  1. A teen is planning a birthday celebration. (He or she) wants to take 5 friends to arock concert for the celebration. The teens’ parents say it is too expensive to take 5 friends. They suggest having a few friends come over to watch a movie instead. Write a dialogue between the teen and the parents where the teen agrees to have friends over but wants to buy a new video game with the money they save by not going to the concert. You decide what the result of the conversation will be.
  2. A teen is planning a birthday celebration. (He or she) wants to take 5 friends to a rock concert. The teen’s parents say it is too expensive to take 5 friends. The parents say they can take one friend to the concert. Write a dialogue between the teen and the parents where the teen says it is not fair and argues with the parents. You decide what the result of the conversation will be.
  3. A teen is planning a birthday celebration. (He or she) wants to take 5 friends to a rock concert. The teen’s parents say it is too expensive to take 5 friends and suggests that they can take one friend with them to the concert, or have a party at home instead. Write a dialogue between the teen and the parents, deciding what the result of the conversation will be.

Scenario C

  1. A teen wants a raise in his or her allowance. The parents say that he or she will have to earn a raise by doing more jobs around the house. Write a dialogue in which the teen negotiates what jobs and how much he or she will earn. You decide what the result of the conversation will be.
  2. A teen wants a raise in his or her allowance. The parents say that they will have to find a part time job if they want more money. The parents suggest ideas for earning more money. Write a dialogue between the teen and the parents, deciding what the result of the conversation will be.
  3. A teen wants a raise in his or her allowance. The parents say that they will raise the allowance if they get better marks at school. The teen thinks this is unfair. Write a dialogue between the teen and the parents, deciding what the result of the conversation will be.

Scenario D

  1. A teen plays on a competitive soccer team that travels to other cities for competitions. He or she would like to go to summer camp for two weeks. The family can’t afford both. Write a dialogue between the teen and the parents, deciding what the result of the conversation will be.
  2. A teen plays on a competitive soccer team that travels to other cities for competitions. He or she would like to go to summer camp for two weeks. The family budget is tight. The teen has a part time job delivering papers. Write a dialogue between the teen and the parents, deciding what the result of the conversation will be.
  3. A teen plays on a competitive soccer team that travels to other cities for competitions. He or she would like to go to summer camp for two weeks. The teen has been invited to go to a friend’s cottage for two weeks, at no cost. Write a dialogue between the teen and the parents, deciding what the result of the conversation will be.