November 2020 update on live performances and events at the NAC.

In Orbit in the Philosphere

with Stéphanie Boyer
En orbite dans la Philosphère © Jonathan Lorange
Grade 4–6 Theatre Workshops

Duration: about 1 hour
Maximum number of participants: 25-30 students
Offered to students in class only (Teacher must be present)
Offered in French only

Take the leap into philosophical discussion.

With Stéphanie Boyer as your guide to answering life's big questions, join the Philosphere, a free space where ideas can be launched into orbit!

During this workshop, you’ll be guided step by step through a philosophical discussion, which consists of asking questions together, without judging. Drawing from a children's book and the participants' own experiences, ideas can be brainstormed around one of the following themes (your choice):

  1. poetry and its place in our lives
  2. migration and the refugee experience
  3. issues of gender and perception
  4. our relationship with nature

P.S. If you have a particular topic you’d like to discuss with your students, let us know, and we'll consider it.


Objectives (e.g., link to curriculum) :

  • Reading and enjoying literary works
  • Thinking about ethical issues
  • Communicating verbally and participating in a dialogue

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