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Objective: Students will recognize and name different parts of their cultural identity. Students will be able to name multiple identities, including those that are not visible to others.

I am not just a...

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Objective: Students will recognize and name different parts of their cultural identity. Students will be able to name multiple identities, including those that are not visible to others.

Activity:

SEL Competency: Self Awareness and Social Awareness

CSC Unit Goal: Students will learn that they need to know themselves culturally and use that lens to better understand themselves. Through this lens, they will be able to obtain accurate self perceptions, recognize their strengths, build up their self confidence, and develop self efficacy. Students will understand diversity and the importance of accepting and honoring differences in perspective and identity. They will develop a critical social consciousness to challenge bias and inequities.

Section: Identity and Respecting Others and Differences

 

Activity:

Option #1: With Slideshow

Use the “FIRST THOUGHT, LAST THOUGHT SLIDESHOW” (attached document)to introduce students to the idea of first thought and last thought and take them into the lesson “I Am Not Just A…” This will take 30 minutes instead of 15.

Option #2: Just Lesson

First, have students jot down on a piece of notebook paper, words that they think others would easily use to describe their identity. (Examples: girl, boy, teenager, etc.) Talk about how this might be what others “see” them as.

Next, have students make a new list, with other words, that would be used to describe their identity, that aren’t as easy for others to see at first glance. These traits are learned over time as others get to know them.  

Have students share their ideas, using Mingle, Pair, Share protocol. After a few minutes, have students use the protocol, Moment of Silence,to think about the first thought someone might have about them when they first meet and what really defines them as people as they get to know them better.

Remind students that sometimes people use stereotypes when creating a first thought about a person. Have students fill out “I AM NOT JUST A… WORKSHEET” (attached document).

 

Common Core Standards:

  • 3.SL.1 ( Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly. )

  • 4.SL.1 ( Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly. )

  • 5.SL.1 ( Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly. )