I have used the Lawrence Singing Strike lesson in the classroom for two years now, and it’s become one of the most successful activities that I do! It’s been incredible to see how students go about problem-solving as they take on the role of striking workers, figuring out how to prioritize their demands, which strategies they should use, and how they can best organize.
It’s a unique role play in that students have a lot of control over how they work through the issues-and they don’t have to play super structured “set” roles. It’s completely student centered. It’s SO interesting to see which classes end up selecting one leader, which ones end up with a more democratic setup, etc.
The feedback that I have received from students is that it feels like a valuable way to learn as they are working together in an authentic way to solve a problem. I highly recommend this activity!