- "Ricky's Slide
- Lesson Plan
- (Time estimate: TBD
- Special Comments to
- Teacher Prep for the
If you haven't already done
- open, read, and print the file, Lesson Plan,
#0 - - - Setting up for "Ricky's Slide" dramatic readings that
cover 4 lessons plans) and follow its directions.
This should be done a few days
prior to the presentation of the dramatic readings to the
- It would be very good to
have a walkthrough practice with the actors only.
Teacher Prep for this
- If you haven't done so already, print the
Slide," A dramatic reading, Act
1. A Poor Ending - - -
- Make 11 copies. One is for you. Five will be
given to your readers to practice. Five are held by you until
class time in case all five students forget their copies or there
has to be a substitute actor.
- Print Ricky
Questions - - - rickyq.rtf
- Either make a projection transparency or
copies for each student. Copies are better, as it gives them
somewhere to convieniently read the questions and write their
begins, clear the front of the classroom.
Place an empty table at Stage-left (left as facing the audience),
near the Teacher. Place a steel tape measure, a pencil, and a paper
on the table.
Sometimes things can be made clearer when they are
presented in a dramatic fashion. Some of your fellow students are
going to present a dramatic reading.
- This drama is a good representation of what
can happen in real-life. While there can be better outcomes to
what is presented, it is all too common. Take it
Here are some questions for you to answer. After
hearing the play I will ask for your answers.
- What is Ricky's first mistake?
- Not doing his homework because he is
stressed-out from school.
Give some of the reasons why Ricky is overwhelmed
by Jr. High?
- His time in school gets chopped up into
pieces because of the different periods.
- He has to remember what books he needs to
get from his locker.
- There is not as much time in class to do
- He has to remember so much more now, like
filling in his agenda book and remembering to look at it later at
- He has to think about and keep track of all
his different classes.
- The work is more complicated and more
- When he leaves school he is a bit stressed
out. He forgets about schoolwork because he wants just to relax
and do other things.
- What excuse did he give for not being worried
- Didn't want other kids to think he was a
- Why does he tell his friend Ruth to bug
- Ricky doesn't want to hear or to face
the truth that he might be wrong or that he is not doing
When Ricky finally realizes that graduating
from High School is important, why is it too late to do well in
- Because he does not have the knowledge and
skills he should have learned earlier, it takes all of his energy
and a lot of work to just barely get through his
Why doesn't Ricky go to college?
- His grades were too poor to do so without
taking a lot of "Bonehead" classes, so he gave up.
Does he get good jobs? No. Minimum wage
- Why does he get fired?
- Because he couldn't read a ruler! Something
he should have learned very early in school.
- Why is his wife upset?
- Because Ricky keeps getting fired and he
can't earn enough money to support them even if he doesn't get
Players and teacher take their positions with scripts.
Teacher starts the play with the intro. Read
Use Directed Questioning ask the questions
- How could Ricky have reduced some of the
stress at school?
- By making a good effort from the very
beginning to be well organized. He could ask a family member to
help him get organized.
- By taking the time and making the effort to
consciously develop good habits.
- By setting aside a time every day for
study. If he has homework he does it then. If not he does review
work to learn his lessons very well and for life.
- What could Ricky have done when he found he
was falling behind in his work?
- Ask for help.
- Who might have been able to help him?
- Family members, friends in his classes,
his teachers, tutors.
- In the play whose respect did Ricky lose and
- Boss - Ricky has shown he is ignorant and
not able to do a very simple task.
- Wife - Ricky has shown he is ignorant and
therefore he can't make a living good enough to support he and his
wife. She feels he isn't meeting the requirement for a husband to
support his family.
- Did Ricky lose self-respect?
What in the play tells you he lost
- When he tries to cover up he forgot about
the English test.
- When he angrily tells Ruth to Bug
- When he realized he measured wrong. Have a
tape measure in hand to give a clue.
- When he talks with his wife. Walked slowly.
Head down. Quiet voice
What are some Life-Goals that Ricky fails to reach?
- To be respected by others.
- To have self respect
- To be capable.
- To make a good living
- What Life-Rules might have helped Ricky, if he
had followed them?
- Work comes first.
- If you are struggling, get
- "Growing" is more important than "Saving
Face" (putting up a false front!).
- Taking a little time to get organized saves
a lot of time later.
- Developing good habits reduces
- Don't learn just well enough to "get by."
Instead learn for life. The chances are you will need to use it in
Anger is a Secondary
- Anger follows a primary emotion such as fear
or shame. Ricky expressed anger towards Ruth when she began to
push too close to the truth about him for which he was ashamed. He
lost respect for himself.
- His wife feels very frustrated and
anxious about the
future. "Even if you COULD keep a job
we cant live on that!" That generates her anger.
When someone is angry, first ask yourself what
emotion might have occurred just before the anger.
If you can figure that out then you might
make much better progress in working with that person or in
- Teacher Follow-up
What emotion came just before your
- Advanced Personhood
Sequence. Links to grade 6 Lesson
- Return to Advanced
Personhood Lesson Sequence
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As of: 20 Feb '03