Before students arrive: On the board, write the “3 C’s” problem-solving model:
IDENTIFY THE CHALLENGE
DETERMINE YOUR CHOICES
WEIGH THE CONSEQUENCES
When students are seated, ask: Do we all make decisions the same way? What kinds of decisions require strategizing before hand?
Point to the board and discuss the “3 Cs” process with the class.
Ask: Have you seen this process in action outside the classroom?
Say: Using the 3 Cs model will help you make good decisions. And it’s not only true for you as individuals, but it’s also helpful when you’re part of a group.
GRADE 9 LESSON 17
Today, we’re going to play some games that rely on group decisions, and we’ll put the 3 Cs to the test.
Tell the students that you are going to read them a story, which will be the basis for a group activity. While they’re listening, they are to imagine they are all one “people,” and the story is about them.
Read Attachment A – “The Story of Your People” – aloud.
Say, “Usually, when a group faces a dilemma like the one described in the story, some people will think, ‘I can live with that,’ and others will think, ‘It’s time to leave.’” And, of course, there will be pros and cons to both sides. To decide what your people should do, you’re going to break into small groups, weigh the pros and cons of staying and leaving, and make a group decision as to which you think is right. Then, each group will present their decision to the others.
Divide the students into groups of 5-6. Instruct them to use the 3 Cs model to weigh their options and decide. They must write everything down (challenge, choices, consequences) and be ready to present it quickly.