Scenario Performance



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FPSPI Scenario Handbook - Scenario Writing & Scenario Performance

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Indispensable manual designed to help teachers effectively guide students in writing and performing scenarios. (5th edition, 2018)


Scenario Performance is an extra-curricular, story-telling competition in which students develop and submit short videos of themselves orating a story.  Students compete individually, telling creative and entertaining, short, futuristic stories related to one of the three allotted FPSP topics for the year.

Scenario Performance can be used as a stand‐alone activity by an FPSP coach, a drama/debate teacher, a parent, or any instructor with students interested in narrative creation.

Scenario Performance is ideally suited to students who prefer oral communication to showcase their creativity, and may complement participation in Global Issues Problem Solving and Community Problem Solving.

How does Scenario Performance work?

Schools can register individual students in one of the following divisions – Junior (Years 5 and 6), Middle (Years 7 to 9) and Senior (Years 10 to 12).  

In Scenario Performance, students choose the FPS annual topic that interests them to make a prediction of the future (20-30 years from now) and perform as though the future were the present. Futuristic concepts and trends are incorporated into the story, but a specific date is not required. 

Scenario Performance encourages students to enlarge ideas, enrich personal style, and predict accurate images of the future. The Performance is not written out in full; it is “told,” and should be more “natural” and “spontaneous” in nature. Whether presented for the camera or in front of a live audience, Performances should be creative and entertaining.

Scenario Performances emphasise the story itself and the characters within the scenario. Well-developed, engaging characters, intriguing plot lines, and captivating settings make for exemplary Performances. The ability to sing, dance, or act is more appropriately employed in the theatre or drama club than in a Scenario Performance. 

What are the benefits?

Scenario Performance is ideally suited to students who show thinking abilities in different ways, and particularly for those whose cultural heritage and/or learning styles prefer oral communication. 

Scenario Performance is also ideal for developing thinking skills. Students should immerse the audience in their Performance, bring their characters to life, build suspense in their story, use their voice to portray the emotions of their character(s), and create a story that paints a picture of the future. A rubric-based authentic evaluation is provided for competitors, giving students tools for continuous growth.

Submission and assesssment?

One registration entitles an individual to two evaluations. Two Evaluations will allow the student to submit a trial Scenario Performance, due in May, which is evaluated but non-competitive.  The second, competitive, submission, due in August, may be a revision of the first scenario, or an entirely new Scenario Performance.  Invitations to the National Finals are based on the students performance in the competitive submission. 

Evaluations are a rubric‐based process, providing students with direct feedback in use of voice and audience awareness among other elements for continuous growth.

Prior to submission, coaches may make general suggestions for improvement, including with, grammar, and pronunciation errors. However, each performance must be original and produced by the student.

The result of the 2022 Scenario Writing Competition and Invitations to the 2021 International Conference will be determined by combing the scores from the competitive scenario submitted and the performance at the 2022 National Finals.



How do I get started?

FPSP Australia offers a professional development workshop in the six‐step problem‐solving process at the beginning of each year.  This is used in both the Global Issues Problem Solving and Community Problem Solving components.

Although knowing the process can help students to think about the future and organize a storyline, it is not a prerequisite for Scenario Performance.  Since Scenarios must relate to one of the annual topics, we recommend that students complete background reading and research on their chosen topic.

Scenario Performance skills aligned with Education Standards

Scenario Performance skills aligned with Education Standards

The goal of Scenario Performance is to give students a creative and performance-based outlet to enlarge ideas, enrich personal style, and predict accurate images of the future. In creating their Performances, students are able to develop their thinking skills and enhance their creativity through storytelling, and fulfil many educational standards as well.

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