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Talk Show Interview

Last Cover
Talk Show Interview (p. 691)

Imagine that Stan from "Last Cover" and Juliette from "Waiting" (p. 601) are guests on a talk show. The topic for discussion is "Relationships with Siblings." With two classmates, prepare a skit. One of you will be the host, and the others will present Stan's and Juliette's opinions.

To start thinking about the subject of siblings, visit these Internet sites.

It???s My Life—Home Alone: Alone With Siblings http://pbskids.org/ itsmylife/ family/ homealone/ article3.html
PBS presents Home Alone: Alone with Siblings, which explores the difficulties kids face when they baby-sit for younger brothers and sisters. Read advice on dealing with a pesky sibling, then play "You?re In Charge!" to measure your responsibility.

Why Are Siblings So Important? http://www.drspock.com/ article/ 0,1510,3961,00.html
From the Dr. Spock Web site, this article discusses the positives and negatives of sibling relationships.

When you assume a role and participate in a discussion as that character, you are taking part in a role-play. Role-plays can be a good way to make you think through why a character thinks as he or she does. Use the following techniques to make your role-playing more effective.

  • Analyze your character's point of view. In a role-play, your job is to present your character's thoughts and opinions. Reread the story in which your character appears, and note what he or she says about the topic.
  • Think of a few points your character would like to make. In role-playing, you need to be ready to respond in character quickly. It helps to have a few statements prepared ahead of time in case you can't think of something new while you are performing.
  • Maintain your role. Don't slip and express your personal opinions on the subject–stay in character. Remember, role-playing is used to explore other people's views and to understand the reasons behind them.