Exercise Corner | Stage Fright
1. Write the abbreviations for each of the words given below. Remember to capitalize and punctuate as necessary:
2. Rewrite each of the following sentences using correct abbreviations:
1. Write the answers to the following questions in the space provided:
2. Choose the correct answer for each of the following questions from the options given below:
Fear of speaking in front of crowds is very common among people. Facing this fear and trying to overcome it is how one gets over this fear and has the ability to talk in front of crowds. In this exercise, we introduce children to the famous people who went through stage fright and further overcame it by facing their fears. Read through the exercise with the students and ask them to reflect on the reason that pushed each person to overcome their stage fright. Similarly, if some students have fear of speaking ask them to reflect on reasons why overcoming stage fright would be beneficial to them, and ask them to work towards achieving that. Ask them to start small (speak in front of small crowds, family members, friends, etc.) and work their way up!
Think & Write
1. Share the scariest experience in your life so far.
Even the strongest of people can be scared and vulnerable at times. In this exercise we aim to help children understand that it is ok to be scared at times, and the experiences only make us stronger and prepare us for future experiences. Ask them to writ a short passage or an essay, according to how detailed their scary experience is. Once they submit their responses, acknowledge their fear and applaud them if they have faced it and overcome it, and if they have not, give them the courage and support to face such situations in the future.
2. Take a look at only the pictures in the story ‘Stage Fright’. Now, write another story based on the images. Make sure that there are more than 2 characters in the story.
This exercise aims to help children build the skill of developing a story through visualization. Ask students to take a careful look at all the pictures and start to think of a story outline. Instruct them to stay away from similar situations, characters, or experiences as in the story ‘Stage Fright’ as much as possible, and to build a story that is different from it. Give them a minimum limit of one page and ask them to write the story based on the common story structure:
In their responses, check for good language (grammar, spellings, sentence structure, and punctuation marks), and check if the story is relevant to the character and emotions in the given pictures. Meanwhile, the same situation in the Stage Fright story shouldn’t be recreated either. You can even choose to read out some of the best stories in the class to encourage other students and to show your appreciation!
1. What did Champa and Basant want to do together?
Champa and Basant wanted to help each other and everyone around them.
2. Choose the meaning of the phrase ‘out of the blue’ from the below options:
3. What was Basant’s idea?
Basant’s idea was to teach 5 kids in their neighbourhood who weren’t going to school.
4. How did Champa react to Basant’s idea?
Champa got very excited about Basant’s idea and wanted to do it.
5. What would Basant and Champa teach the kids?
Basant and Champa decided to teach everything that they knew to the children.
Power of words
Everyone needs the support of the people around them to grow. But then, there are times when people around us discourage us either through their actions or because of what they speak. Despite the discouragement, we need to remember that there are many more people around us who encourage us to be better. Say this to children and tell them that they need to focus on the positive. Divide students into groups of 4 or 5. Ask them to discuss how they could encourage each other in their endeavours. Ask them to discuss situations where they’ve been unfair or discouraging to other students in certain situations and ask them to analyse it was right on their part to do that. Ask students to discuss how they can be compassionate of other people’s situations or fears and manage their own fears and push themselves forward. Ask them to write it down. This will help students to show more compassion to others and focus on the positive even when they face negative comments. Finally, remind them that friends and family are their biggest support systems and ask them to encourage those around them while cherishing the encouragement they receive!