Dramatic Conflict Resolution
Type of Activity: Discussion, Story Creation, and Drama
Props Needed: Conflict scenarios, copies of debriefing topics for each small group, flip chart/white board, and markers
Concept: Children often find themselves in conflicts with their friends and often do not know how to resolve the conflict on their own. By allowing kids to process through different conflict resolution scenarios, it will allow them to practice conflict resolution skills.
Set Up: Best for groups of 1–30, break into small groups of 3–4 people. Provide
Process: Have the groups read aloud in their small group one of the conflict resolution stories on the following pages:
- Stolen Property
- Sibling Rivalry
- Talking Behind My Back
Each small group should read the story aloud then. For each story complete the following:
- What do you think happens next?
- Positive Ways to End this Conflict?
- Character 1 could...
- Character 2 could…
- Write the ending to the story.
Variation: Have the group reenact the story they have read and create new endings that express their ideas on resolving or avoiding the conflict. Allow the other groups to watch the skits.
Have the group write their own conflict story and come up with a positive way to resolve the conflict.
Give the groups enough time to talk through their scenarios with one another. Be prepared to offer positive suggestions to help the groups resolve the conflict in their stories.
Dakota and Tracy were best buddies. They have been best friends since the first grade and played together almost every day. They go to their school’s aftercare program every day after school.
One day after school, they were playing their personal Nintendo DS games in aftercare. After playing for 20 minutes, they decided to put their games away and go shoot some hoops. About 15 minutes later, Dakota’s mom arrived to pick him up. When Dakota went to get his backpack and coat he realized his Nintendo DS game was missing. Dakota looked around and saw another kid, Josh, Playing a Nintendo game that looked like his. Dakota went over and angrily said, “Give me back my Nintendo game!” Surprised, Josh said back, “This isn’t your Nintendo game, it’s mine!” Dakota grabbed the game out of Josh’s hand and turned to walk away.
Jarrod and Jake are brothers who are only one year apart in age. At home they share a room and they have two sisters as well. For the most part they get along very well, but lately they have been arguing a lot. They fight about which TV shows to watch, who has to clean their bedroom, and who gets to play with the cool Star Wars Legos that they share. Sometimes they get into shoving matched over toys.
For Jarrod’s birthday he received several new toys to play with. He was very excited to have received several of his wish list items. A few hours after he opened his presents Jake asked Jarrod if he would play with his new Pokemon cards. Jarrod said no and Jake got upset.
Talking Behind My Back
Kristie and Pam were best friends. They had known each other since the second grade. They were always together and oftentimes spent the night at each other’s homes. Pam was sick from school one day so Kristie started hanging out with a girl named Robin. Who was very popular in their school. Robin did not like Pam very well and told Kristie unkind things about Pam. A few days later when Pam returned to school she heard some other girls talking about her, spreading gossip rumors. Pam didn’t understand why Kristie was acting weird around her either.
Write Your Own Conflict Story
For more resources see: Setting the Conflict Compass
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