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

#not just a

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

Activity:

After students have experienced lessons around the ideas of stereotypes, and cultural iceberg elements, have them explore the deeper identity of who they are with this lesson.  

First, have students jot on a piece of notebook paper words that they think others would easily use to describe their identity.  Examples: by girl, boy, teenager, etc. 

Ask students to make a new list with other words that you would use to describe your 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 take a Moment of Silence to think about the first thought someone might have about them when they meet you for the first time, and what really defines them as people get to know them better. 

Remind them that sometimes people use stereotypes when creating a first thought about a person.  Have the students create the "#I am not just a..." graphic organizer.

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

Post the signs up in the classroom as a visual reminder to be careful of stereotypes, and also to 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. )