Set the Scene: A Town Crier has been sent to the
Town Square to deliver a message from the Archduke. Explain a Town Crier is like
a radio host today. He makes announcements and often hosts debates in the
Pose a Question: What do all the
townspeople think of all these balloons? Who would be most angry? Who would be
Invite Brainstorming: Think of people who
could be living in this town. Decide who you want to be. Help each other by
writing down all the people who could live in a town. Then everyone choose a
person to be.
You could have students be the Town Crier after a
time demonstrating it.
Once students become
familiar with the strategy, they could become the Town Crier
Frame the Enactment: Tell the students you
will act as the Town Crier at first. Invite them to gather round- you could have
a cape and hat if you wish. Stand on a box or something higher than the
students. Read : Hear Ye, Hear Ye! It has been declared on this twentieth day of
May that all balloons shall be banished from the Kingdom Forever. How Vote thee
and Why? (lots of noise from townspeople) Now order, order- one at a time.
Play the Radio Host like a Call In Show
(except you are a Town Crier) by probing the speakers for reasons why they are
for or against the issue. The key is to keep the conversation flowing and invite
others to speak. Get each speaker to identify themselves and then ask how they
vote and why- probe deeper by trying to get the person to respond to the
previous opposite viewpoint. Challenge the speakers- What do ye say to the Baker
who loves balloons and wants to have fun? But what if there was no joy left in
the Kingdom? Why do you hate little Leora? What about the boy who gave the
balloon to Leora? What should be done to him?