One student asked for a family dialog. Here it is.
|Narrator||In this scenario the players are Mom, Dad, Tasha (16 years old), and Nikky (19 years old). Tasha is in the 10th grade in high school and is about to get her driver’s license. Nikky is a freshman in a local college. The family has just sat down to eat dinner together. It is a Friday evening at 7:00 pm.|
|Mom||Okay, let’s eat before our food gets cold.|
|Dad||Tasha, pass the mashed potatoes, please.|
|Tasha||Here you go, Dad.
(passes the bowl of mashed potatoes across the table to Dad)
|Nikky||Dad, did you hear the news? There was another school shooting yesterday.|
|Dad||Another one? Our society continues to go downhill. That’s too depressing to discuss at dinnertime. Let’s talk about something else. Tasha, tell us about your day at school.|
|Tasha||Same ol’, same ol’, Dad. Nothing new.|
|Nikky||These days, we say ‘Same sh–, different day’ or ‘SSDD’, sis’.|
|Dad||Nikolai, no profanity at the dinner table, please.|
|Dad||Tash, something must have happened at school today that was noteworthy or at least different from yesterday.|
|Tasha||Well, there was this one scandal about a male gym teacher inappropriately fondling a female student, but that happens every few months, so I didn’t consider that remarkable.|
|Dad||Er, uh, okay, let’s talk about getting your driver’s license. Are you excited that your driving test is scheduled for Monday?|
|Tasha||Yes! Finally, I can drive myself where I want when I want, and I don’t have to hear you bi-, er, complain about having to drive me around everywhere.|
|Dad||Yes, well, there is that. Once you get your driver’s license, then we’ll start looking into buying you a car. Do you have any particular model of car in mind that you’d like to get?|
|Tasha||Yep! I like the Ford Focus! It’s small and easy to drive around and park, yet it’s big enough for my simple needs.|
|Nikky||That car will be too small when it’s time for you to pack up your stuff and move away to college, sis’.|
|Tasha||Hm, you’re probably right, bro’, but I still like the Focus anyway. No need to let common sense get in the way of my plans.|
|Mom||What about you, Nick? Anything new at college?|
|Nikky||Nah, SSDD, er, I mean same ol’, same ol’.|
|Dad||Ahem. (clears his throat in a subtle warning tone)|
|Dad||Well, maybe I should tell you what happened at the nuclear plant today. We almost had a nuclear meltdown! The world as we know it almost ended! (his face has a look of mild humor on it)|
|Tasha||Dad, pleeeeease. (she rolls her eyes)|
|Nikky||That’s okay, Dad. You can save that story for tomorrow.|
|Mom||Eat your roast beef, dear. It’s getting cold.|
|Dad||Okay, okay. I can take a hint. Sheesh! Dinnertime conversation’s not what it used to be. (Dad laments as he stuffs his mouth full of cold mashed potatoes.)|
Questions for the students to answer:
- Is the family eating a hot meal or cold sandwiches?
- What does “go downhill” mean?
- What does “same ol’, same ol’ ” mean? (And what word does ol’ represent?)
- Why is Tasha excited about getting her own car to drive?
- Can you name three examples of scandals you have heard about?
- Does Tasha plan on going to college after graduating from high school?
- What does “I can take a hint” mean?
- What does “is not what it used to be” mean?
- What does “sheesh” mean?
- What does “get in the way” mean?
- What does “rolls her eyes” mean?