After reading the story called “Six Blind Men and the Elephant,” then have students participate in a skit activity called “Six Blind People and the Elephant.”
A. Link to that Perception story called “Six Blind Men and the Elephant.
Link to Video called “Six Blind Men and the Elephant.”
Story Description: When conflict arises, we have two options. We can choose to continue the conflict or to problem-solve. This parable from India deals with times when people misinterpret what is really going on and they jump to the wrong conclusions. In the case of this particular story, six blind men encounter an elephant. Listen for how each blind man perceives what an elephant looks like.
B. Teacher Says or Asks: Who can LIST on the white board the parts of the elephant’s body that the blind people felt and as a result, how they interpreted what an elephant is like?
Students Respond: (These are the answers that should be written on board.)
* Elephant’s side – WALL
* Elephant’s tusk – SPEAR
* Elephant’s tail – ROPE
* Elephant’s leg – TREE
* Elephant’s ear – FAN
* Elephant’s trunk – SNAKE
C. Teacher Says or Asks: You will now divide yourself into several groups with either five or six people in it. Each of you will play the part of a blind person. Let’s imagine that the center of the room is an elephant.
1. In your group, decide which part of the elephant you will touch. Use the list on the board to help you.
2. When you perform this skit for the class, you will each walk forward and pretend to feel on some part of the elephant’s body like was done in the story.
3. Then you will walk back to your group and announce what an elephant is like.
4. At the end, you will start to have a big argument.
5. But then, one of you should come up with a creative suggestion to solve the problem so that each of you can “perceive” the elephant in a similar way to the way you did.
6. Who can repeat those instructions?
1. Act out the story.
2. Start to argue.
3. Then come up with a creative solution so that each of you can perceive the elephant in a similar way to the way that you did.
Teacher Says or Asks: Good, now divide yourselves into groups. You have about ten minutes to practice. Afterward, you will perform your skit for the class.
D. Students perform their skit for the class. Applaud wildly after each skit.
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