What Are Identities, Really?
What Are Identities, Really?
What’s the missing word?
Yuval Noah Harari (born 1976) is a historian and philosopher, best-known for exploring the entire story of humankind’s past and future, in his popular books ‘Sapiens’ and ‘Homo Deus’ – and for his real-time analysis of pivotal 21st century events like the Coronavirus pandemic and the war in Ukraine. His books have sold over 35 million copies in 65 languages, and he is considered one of the world’s most influential public intellectuals today. His current research focuses on macro-historical questions such as: What is the relationship between history and biology? What is the essential difference between Homo sapiens and other animals? Is there justice in history? Does history have a direction? Did people become happier as history unfolded? What ethical questions do science and technology raise in the 21st century?
These activities are great starting points for discussions and classes. You can use them all or choose one option.
- Give each person the same incomplete quote.
- Ask group members to think about what word is missing from the quote. They could also use their imagination to come up with a funny or nonsensical word that makes the completed quote strange or humorous.
- When all group members have discussed their words, reveal what the correct word is.
- Ask group members if they agree with the statement in the quote.
- Divide the group into several teams and give each team the same incomplete quote.
- Each team should discuss and agree on what they believe the missing word is.
- Then, each team should present their complete quote, and if the teams have different versions, each team should explain their reasoning and defend their choice of word.
- After the debate, reveal what the correct word is.
- Ask the group members if they agree with the statement in the quote.
- Ask group members to read the definition for “Fictions” in Wordbook. Ask them to list things that are fiction and things that are not.
- Assign each person a different quote from the list on Quote Quest.
- Ask group members to think about what word is missing from their quote. They could also use their imagination to come up with a funny or nonsensical word that makes the completed quote strange or humorous.
- Ask each person to read the quote with their choice of word.
- Give each person the complete quote with the correct word and ask them to read it again and say whether they agree with the statement in the quote.
- Ask group members if they can think of a current event or an event from their own lives that corresponds with the quote. You could also ask them if the quote relates to a tv show, movie, game or book that they know.
- Ask group members to make up their own quote or saying. If they had one message to convey to the world, what would it be?