What Are You Doing?
- Demonstrates that “actions speak louder than words”
- Jolts the brain
- Jars awareness that the body can do an action, and we can contradict that action with our words
Purpose in Connection with UDHR Studies:
- Critical thinking
- Situations are not always as they seem or as they’re stated
- How do we ask questions to help us look deeper and probe the situation
- Appreciation of symbolism and metaphor
Ellen Sebastian Chang: “Symbolism and metaphor catapults us toward evolutionary change.”
- Stand players in a circle (or any cohesive shape that works).
- The first player begins by acting out a physical activity (i.e. swimming).
- The second player asks, “What are you doing?”
- The active player must then come up with an action that is not what they are doing, such as “Reading a book”.
- The second player then begins acting out that response.
- The third player asks, “What are you doing?”
- The second player then provides a response that is not what they are acting out and so on.
- Once everyone has become accustomed to the game, pick up the pace.
- The goal is not to trick your fellow players, but to think spontaneously and be willing to act quickly. The more rounds you play, the quicker and more creative the players should be able to respond.
Variation for UDHR Studies: Use UDHR articles as reference. Create depiction of a given article and state the opposite.