. . . So every star and every whirling planet
and every constellation in the sky
revolves around the center of the universe —
that lovely thing called “I.”
“No Way to Stop It”
The Sound of Music
(Rogers and Hammerstein)
The first three lessons of this unit address two points of origin: the first is the student, him or herself; the second, the birth of our planet in context with the formation of the universe and the beginning of time. Since this is a theater curriculum that addresses science topics, focus on self-awareness, or the inner world, is key to understanding the relevance of the outer world.