This lesson begins with a self-assessment on current phone habits and concludes with students sharing the first beat of their Riverstory. This lesson should take one 90-minute class period.
- How do you feel about your phone?
- Is it valuable to reflect on your cellphone habits? Why or Why not?
Activity 1: Students will take the digital self-assessment on page three of Catherine Price’s book How to Break Up with Your Cellphone and respond to the following questions from the same text:
- How many times a day do you pick up your phone?
- How much time do you spend on your phone?
- What do you love about your phone?
- What changes do you notice in yourself--positive or negative--when you spend a lot of time on your phone?
Students will discuss their responses in small groups and then share highlights from their discussions with the whole class.
Activity 2: This lesson is an adaption of step one from The Riverstory. Instead of writing about their births, students will write about the day that they received their first phone. Write a short theater piece that tells your audience about the day you received your first cellphone. What was the date or how old were you? Where were you? Write a short phrase or one sentence that describes the significance of this moment for you. Create a sound and a movement that tells this story.