The following pair of Assemblies worked well for the first school to try My Side of the Mountain and are thus recommended for future schools.
A girl in the woods – In this Assembly, an unseen narrator reads a brief, spare, somewhat mysterious script, that essentially asks the question posed by My Side of the Mountain – can a modern young boy or girl live on their own in the woods or mountains? While the unseen narrator poses questions, a previously selected student (boy or girl, but they have to re-hearse) acts out the curious, questing answers to the questions posed by the narrator. (e.g. “Will she be able to catch fish?” Student mimes modifying a hook and reel and angles for fish.) The purpose of the Assembly is to get students in the audience to identify with the protagonist of My Side of the Mountain and ask themselves – could I do that?
A script is provided for this assembly. But it is recommended that the ‘narrator’ and the student chosen spend some time before the Assembly re-hearsing. There should be broad pauses between each of the narrator’s questions – and the student needs to practice going about his/her questing business patiently and without hurry.