#Not Just A

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Objective: The students will be able to share how they have more than just one identity.

#Not Just A

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Objective: The students will be able to share how they have more than just one identity.

Activity:

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.). 

Next, have students make a new list, with other words that would be used to describe their identity, that isn'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 the 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) .

After ample time, ask for students to share out using the Stand and Deliver protocol.  Be sure to use the protocol, Show Some Love, for the volunteers. 

Post the signs in the classroom as a visual reminder to be careful of stereotypes and to also think about one's first thought/last thought.

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. )