This is a Fight or Flight skit activity appropriate for upper elementary and middle school students. It is based on the story called “The Mouse Mother.”
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Section 6: Act out Fight or Flight skit: The Mouse Mother
A. Students participate in skits based on story called “The Mouse Mother.”
Story Description: This is an adaptation of a story that comes from the oral traditions of Africa. It is used with permission of Opalanga Pugh, a griot of the African culture. Prior to her death in 2010, Opalanga traveled around the United States, sharing the traditional stories of Africa.
This story perfectly demonstrates a character Self-Mentoring as a Mouse Mother remembers to breathe, gives herself a Pep Talk inside her head, relies on her Inner Wisdom, and comes up with a brilliant solution to get her attacker to leave her and her loved ones alone.
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B. Preliminary Activity – Solo Re-tellings of “The Mouse Mother” story
Teacher Says or Asks: First, let’s get volunteers to re-tell this story solo.
Students Respond: (Accept only eager volunteers.)
C. Skit reenactments of “Mouse Mother” tale
Teacher Says or Asks: We will now get 8 volunteers to act out this story.
A. One person will need to narrate.
B. One person will play the Mouse Mother or Mouse Father.
C. One person will play the Cat.
D. Five people will play the five Mouse Babies.
Students Respond: (Accept only eager volunteers. Act out this story out several times until interest wanes.)
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Please note: You can listen to the story being performed by Professional Storyteller Debbie Dunn on this YouTube link.
- Mouse Mother told by Professional Storyteller Debbie Dunn
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