This exercise helps students to think quickly and from a different perspective.
Explain that a volunteer will take on a character physically, vocally, and mentally. It can be a character from a story you learned in class, a historical figure, etc. Ask the student to walk to a chair at the front of the class in character and have a seat.
Welcome the character to the space and begin the interview. What is your name? Where are you from? What’s your favorite food?
The student answers the questions as that character and should have in mind all aspects of what his/her character would be like. For example, the student may like pizza but his character of Tom Sawyer might really like apple pie.
Invite the class to ask the character questions.
When the interview is over, thank the character for their time. The student leaves the space as that character.
As a class, discuss what was done well to make the character interview successful. Was there eye contact, honest character