The Shepherd, the Sheep and the Big Bad Wolf

Directions:
(1) Put the chairs back against the wall and sit in a circle. Tell the class that you are going to tell a story.

(2) Storytime
"Close your eyes and imagine a landscape - dry, dusty and warm - on the side of a mountain. The landscape is occasionally dotted with trees and bushes and there is a dark forest in the distance. In the forest lives the wolf.

Here on the side of the mountain there are flocks of sheep roaming freely. The sheep are happy - doing their own thing - cropping grass and shyly calling to one another. Occasionally a group of sheep move off together as if by a prearranged signal and slowly, one by one the others all fall into line - too timid to stay anywhere alone, some whinging that the grass is better here than there but following anyway.

Suddenly the peace is shattered by the snarl of the Big Bad Wolf. Out of nowhere he appears - towering, glowering over the petrified sheep. His vicious stare mesmerizes the sheep - they stand paralyzed totally unable to run and save themselves. The wolf snarls aggressively. The sheep tremble and cower close together. Some wag little fluffy tails to plead for mercy. Some just lie down and wait for the slavering jaws to close over their little woolly heads.

The Big Bad Wolf looks at them and thinks "What a pushover this lot are!" He kicks a baby lamb out of his way and the feast begins…..

Just then he hears the firm step of the shepherd descending the mountain side. The shepherd is tall and walks confidently - shoulders back, head up towards the wolf - looking him fearlessly in the eye. The wolf snarls viciously.

The shepherd does not falter. "Wolf - go home!" he says in a strong voice.
The wolf licks his bloody chops. He doesn’t like the shepherd being near him. He can smell no fear from the shepherd.
The wolf stares the shepherd in the eyes and advances threateningly.

The shepherd stands his ground. "Go home, wolf!" he says, emphasizing every word, "These are my sheep - you have no business here". The wolf halts, listening to the shepherd’s firm voice. The shepherd looks straight back at the wolf willing him with all his strength to go.

The wolf feels the strength of the shepherd and he slinks away. "I’ll come back for dessert", the wolf thinks, "When the shepherd has gone away - these sheep are easy pickings".

"And that’s the end of the story for today!
You can now open your eyes.

(3) Distribute Worksheets
In the story we had three types of characters. On your worksheet I want you to fill in the characteristics of the Wolf, Sheep and the Shepherds.

(4) Process the worksheets. Listing the qualities/body language on a flipchart/BB.

(5) Summary of Teaching Points:
a) Point out that the Wolf represents the Aggressive person.
The aggressive person always wants his or her own way - usually at the expense of others. They ignore other people’s rights/feelings. They could be described as mean, a bully, pushy etc.
Body language: staring, aggressive stance, shouting, sarcasm.

b) Point out that the Sheep represent the Passive person.
The passive person allows himself or herself to be pushed around. They tend not to have strong views of their own and its very important to them that others like them. They could be described as shy, timid, scared, a whinger, a loser, a pushover.
Body language: slouching avoids eye contact, nervous mannerisms etc.

c) Point out that the Shepherd represents the Assertive person.
The assertive person stands up for him/herself and for their rights. They say what they want honestly and don’t play games with other people’s feelings. They respect other people’s rights and negotiate differences of opinion. They could be described as confident, respectful, honest, strong and fair.
Body language: makes and maintains eye contact, speaks in a firm tone, holds him/herself tall and straight, moves confidently.

(6) Role Play
Divide the class into groups of 4/5. Assign each student a "Situation Card" and tell him or her to prepare a role-play. Their role-play must clearly demonstrate the type of behaviour specified on their card (i.e. Aggressive/ Passive/Assertive).

They must consult the descriptions of Aggressive/Passive/Assertive behaviour as given on the flipchart/BB.
They then take turns to present their role-play to the class. After each role-play briefly discuss the type of behaviour demonstrated.
Emphasize that in using Assertive behaviour everyone’s rights must be respected.

(7) Evaluation/Follow up
Ask the students to try to practice Assertive behaviour over the next few days and to give some feedback in the next session.

Role-Play Cards. (Cut out…..)
1. You are sitting in McDonalds with a group of friends. The person at the next table knocks a large Coke all over you.
Response: Aggressive.

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2. You are hanging around with a group of friends one of them offers you a cigarette. You day "I don’t smoke" They begin to mock you.
Response: Assertive.

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3. You are meeting your friend in town - and she’s late as usual. You’re feeling annoyed.
Response: Passive.

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4. You bought a new pair of jeans. After one wash they shrink to half the size. You take them back. The Manager says: " You obviously didn’t follow the washing instructions".
Response: Aggressive.

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5. You are out for a meal to celebrate your boyfriend’s/girlfriend’s birthday. The main course is cold and the cream in the dessert is gone off.
Response: Assertive.

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6. Your best friend is always borrowing your clothes. She has had your favorite shirt for about 3 weeks now and you told her a week ago that you wanted to wear it tonight. When you call round she pulls it out from under her bed and says "Oops…forgot to wash it!!" You are feeling very annoyed.
Response: Passive.

Characteristics

Wolf:
(1) (a) Words that I would use to describe the wolf are:

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(b) Some of the wolf’s body language is…

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Sheep:
(1) (a) Words that I would use to describe the sheep are:

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(b)Some of the sheep’s body language is…

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Shepherd:
(1) (a) Words that I would use to describe the shepherd are:

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(b) Some of the shepherd’s body language is…

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