Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Choose Your Own Adventure Young Women Activity

My daughter's young women leaders planned an activity to teach the young women about their power to choose.  They wanted to play a short and fun "Choose Your Own Adventure" game with the young women that would show them how different choices can lead to different outcomes.  The leaders did not want the girls to have choices involving right and wrong, so we came up with this game.
Choose Your Own Adventure

You just got home from school. It’s Friday afternoon and you are so excited for the weekend. It’s also time for your favorite show—Middle School Makeovers. You love, love, love makeover shows. Maybe it’s
because you’ve never had a real haircut in your life. You usually get your hair cut by your Grandpa Larry, who has a lot of experience in shearing sheep but has never worked in a salon. It’s so fun to daydream about getting a new hairstyle and maybe even some new make-up.

Just as you’re about to turn on the TV to watch the makeover show, you remember a big homework assignment that is due on Monday. You decide:
  1. to go ahead and do the homework (go to 2A)
  2. to watch TV and do your homework later (go to 2B)





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2A With your homework done, you are free to enjoy the weekend without any worries. You sleep in until 10 am on Saturday. When you wake up, you smell something wonderful. What could it be? You walk out to the kitchen to investigate. Your aunt is baking a giant wedding cake for her friend’s wedding reception. She explains that she only has three hours to put the cake together and decorate it. "I wish I had some help," your aunt cries.

Just then, the phone rings. It’s your friend, Sally. She is planning a last-minute birthday party and it starts in a half an hour. What should you do?

A Go to the birthday party (3A)
B Stay home to help your aunt (3B)
2B You sleep in until 10 am on Saturday. When you wake up, you smell something wonderful. What could it be? You walk out to the kitchen to investigate. Your aunt is baking a giant wedding cake for her friend. She explains that she only has three hours to put the cake together and decorate it. "I wish I had some help," your aunt cries.
"I’m sorry, Aunt Lucy," you reply. "I have a ton of homework to do today."
Just then, the phone rings. It’s your friend, Sally. She is planning a last-minute birthday party and it starts in a half an hour. What should you do?

C. Say you can’t go to the party. Stay home and finish your homework. (3C)
D. Go to half of the party. You’ll leave early to get your homework done. (3D)
E. Go to the party and skip the homework. (3E)

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3A You have a really great time at Sally’s birthday party. The lunch is delicious and you get to see some old friends you’ve missed. Sally’s mom surprises her by having her cosmetologist friend come at the end to give everyone makeovers. You finally get a professional haircut and your hair looks great.
You’re glad you did your homework early because the rest of the weekend is busy and fun. Next week, when you get your homework assignment back, you receive an A.

3B You learn how to build and decorate a wedding cake. Since you’ve gotten so good at making rosettes and swirls with icing, you make a tiny cake for Sally’s birthday. You drop it off at the end of Sally’s party, so you get to say "hi" to your friends and wish Sally a happy birthday. You end up going to Bountiful with your aunt and eating yummy wedding reception food.
You’re glad you did your homework early because the rest of the weekend is busy and fun. Next week, when you get your homework assignment back, you receive an A grade.

3C You really wish you could have gone to Sally’s party, but you’re glad you finally got that homework done. The rest of the weekend is really busy and you’re sure you wouldn’t have had time later. Next week, when you get your homework assignment back, you receive an A grade.

3D You have a really great time at Sally’s birthday party. The lunch is delicious and you get to see some old friends you’ve missed. You’re glad you left early to get your homework done because the rest of the weekend is really busy. Next week, when you get your homework assignment back, you receive an A.

3E You have a really great time at Sally’s birthday party. The lunch is delicious and you get to see some old friends you’ve missed. Sally’s mom surprises her by having her cosmetologist friend come at the end to give everyone makeovers. You finally get a professional haircut and your hair looks great.

Unfortunately, the rest of the weekend turns out to be busier than you expected. You completely forget to do that big homework assignment. You receive a failing grade on your assignment.

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