"It's too late to apologize now!" Those were the words the colonists sent to King George III after the defeat of the British by the American colonists in a play performed by Daphney King's fourth-grade students.
"Role-playing is a wonderful way to actively engage students in their learning," said King. "Student engagement is so critical in the learning process. Facilitating their learning during this process was a thrill.
King wrote a play entitled "No Taxation Without Representation", transforming the usual history lecture about the American Revolution into a live learning model. Events, places, and characters were based on factual information. Each student was assigned a role in the play. Students researched their character, created a unique Google slide which was displayed during their part of the play, and identified key traits. Students were allowed to come to school "in character" so they could bring their characters to life during the performance.
To King's astonishment, students were found practicing on the playground at recess. A student ran past yelling, "The British are coming!". The time invested in this activity was well worth the end results.