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Fact, Fiction: Pre-Activity

Ask a teacher or another adult to serve as an actor in a staged event. Do not explain or announce the event to students. Here is an example:

The actor walks into the room, closes the door loudly, stands quietly for a few seconds, and then whispers something in the teacher’s ear. The actor picks up a book from a shelf and moves it to another location, then opens a window, and then exits quietly.

Immediately following the actor’s appearance, distribute index cards to the class. Ask students to write a description or to make a list of what happened when the actor came into the classroom. Collect the cards for use in the next class session.