The following questions will assist in preparing your students for their viewing of Instant.
Each question has a theme or concept in it from the play. The question(s) related to it begin to tie the theme/concept with the content of Instant.
Ask students to pick one (or two, or randomly assign them, it’s entirely up to you) question to write a formal, yet at times personal, response to.
- Online identity vs real life identity. Are they always the same? Do you have a different online persona than your real-life one? Do you get confused within yourself? Have you ever been on the receiving end of that confusion? How did you deal with it?
- How do you know what is fact or fiction online? What websites do you trust and why? What criteria do you use to analyze the validity of a site (list)? Use sources and provide at least one example of each (i.e. true story vs fiction) that you have experienced.
- Does social media help or hinder personal relationships? Explain and make sure to include personal anecdotes and at least two reputable sources to enhance your position.
- Tone in online textual conversations. What is the value of tone in face to face conversations vs an online textual one? Have you ever had your tone confused by someone? What happened? Or perhaps the reverse?
- Domestic abuse and the role of parental mirroring. What is parental mirroring? Do we all experience this? How does it affect your relationships with others? How does it frame who you are? How do you react to a situation? Have you developed that reaction as a result of seeing your parent(s) react that way?
- Online bullying. What is online bullying? What is your reaction when you see online bullying – what do you do? Do you gang up or troll people? Do you step in? Is it easier to defend someone who is being bullied online or in real-life? Explain.