Being a Friend

Building friendships seems to comes naturally to some students. But for others, it’s a real challenge. Real Life Drama helps kids understand what a good friend looks like, equipping them to relate effectively with their peers.

Objective

By the end of this session, students will be equipped to put the interests of their friends ahead of their own when the situation calls for it.

Teaching

We begin with a Family Feud-style game about the qualities of a good friend. We emphasize that the most important quality of all is being able to “Think Friend First” — in other words, putting another person’s interests ahead of your own.

Modeling

We show a short film called “What Are Friends For?” about some students who come up with a unique way to support a troubled friend. Discussion questions help students relate the lessons of the story to their own lives.

Practicing

Students practice open-ended scenes that involve minor conflicts between classmates. Their goal is to “Think Friend First,” acting in the best interests of their friend in each situation.

Wrap-Up

We remind students that when you “Think Friend First,” you’ll be the kind of person that others want to be around. It’s okay to act in your own interests sometimes — you don’t have to let people step on you. But if you practice considering the thoughts and feelings of others, you’ll be able to put them first when it’s the right thing to do.

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