Life skills through ‘Modern Times’

Rupali Sachdev

Grade Level – 9-12 (may be modified according to age group and readiness)
Period/Subject – Moral Science/Value Education/Life Skills/Health Education/EVS/General Studies
Duration – 45 mins

charlie-chaplinGeneral aim
Many of us may be subject teachers, but are often asked to take classes in one of the other areas mentioned above. Cinema can be a useful and interesting way to bring these classes alive. This presentation is focused on meeting learning needs in these areas.

Specific aim
Children should become aware of the control technology has over them, and the effects of this on their lifestyles. Once they are aware of the possibility of getting addicted, they will work hard to retain their distance and independence. They may also make different choices after seeing how mechanization can bring monotony and boredom in their lives. A good discussion can provoke questions about the system of which they are a part.

The author teaches at the Mahadevi Birla Girls’ Higher Secondary School, Kolkata. She can be reached at

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