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“Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.” – Lewis Carroll
Topics: Imagination, Creative Thinking, Problem Solving, Belief Limits, Social Reality
Grade level: Any (can be slightly adjusted for younger children)
Time: 50 minutes with the potential for 2-3 more ongoing sessions
Objectives: To raise questions about our perception of the limits of reality, the role imagination can play in our every day lives as well as in crafting our world at large, and to explore some of the ways that imagination and creative thinking have indeed changed our social reality in the past.
Materials needed: Computer (and projector if possible) to show video clip, paper and writing utensil, white board and dry erase marker or chalkboard and chalk
Activity:
Part 1: Play Video Clip – https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QtP60NmDKqc
Part 2: Ask students to write a list of 5 things that they can imagine and wish to see in the world which don’t already exist.
2.1: Then ask them to make another list of 5 things that at one point did not exist, but
through creative thinking, eventually did (give a few ideas or suggestions such as
inventions, social changes, personal changes, etc)
2.2: Then ask students to break into groups of 3 and discuss:
A. Did their thinking change from the first question to the next? How so?
B. How might they draw a connection between what they can imagine and what is real, and how those things can potentially change over time?
Part 3: Ask students to share out to the whole group some of the ideas they came up with from the second list and write them on the board. After 5 are listed, ask if students have any questions about this (ie. if they don’t understand how something which at one point wasn’t “real” or existing, came to be etc.)
Part 4: Ask students to get back into their groups of 3 and come up with a current issue they experience in school, or in general, for which they wish they could imagine a solution, but haven’t yet seen one.
4.1: Ask students to share out to whole group some of their ideas and write them on the white board. After 5 or so are listed, ask students to take a vote on which one they would like to collectively explore further.
4.2: Conduct silent vote with student’s eyes closed and tally the votes.
Part 5: Have an open-ended full group discussion on how we might imagine solutions to the proposed topic and how those steps might lead us to see a shift from the imagined to reality