Utilizing the following role-play scenario is an effective strategy for getting students to actively participate in a meaningful dialogue about substance abuse and addiction.
A teacher or student can serve as facilitator for these activities. The facilitator should set up the scenarios for the role-play and select students to take the parts outlined in the script. Different students should take parts in each scene. This gives the students in the classroom an opportunity to "experience" the issues first hand. Once the scene has been played out, the facilitator should discuss the outcome with the class and see if others might have played out the scene in a different way. When participating in role-play, each player's goal should be clear to him/her. The desired goal may arise from discussion prior to the activity, or be assigned by the facilitator.
One afternoon, you see your little brother talking to a kid that you know sells drugs. And lo and behold, the next day your brother's got on those fancy sneakers.
Little Brother: "I bought them."
Big Brother: "Well where'd you get the money?"
Little Brother: "I earned it."
Big Brother: "Earned it how?"
Little Brother: "I just earned it."
Big Brother: "Come on, let's hear it."
Little Brother: "Okay, I delivered a couple of packages for Drastic, but that was all. I swear I didn't use the stuff myself. I won't do it again. Don't tell on me, okay?"
Continue to role-play the scene.
Facilitator: Lead the class in a discussion about how Big Brother handled the situation.