Social Justice Stories

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Identity Comparisons

Activity Overview

Materials Required

  • Text to Self worksheet (Handout #1)

  • Text to Text worksheet (Handout #2)

  • Text to World worksheet (Handout #3)

  • online glossary of terms (for definitions if required)

Activity Details

  1. Ask students to make connections between the life of the main character and their own using the Text to Self worksheet (Handout #1). Ask students to think about these similarities in conjunction with discrimination, prejudice, and stereotyping, and encourage them to think critically about the concept of fluid identity in comparison with the one-dimensional nature of stereotypes.

  2. As you read and learn more about the story and its characters, ask students to keep making connections using the Text to Self (Handout #1), Text to Text (Handout #2), and Text to World (Handout #3) connection sheets. Students could draw parallels between the problems and traits of various characters in the book with other books and experiences they have gone through or witnessed.

    e.g., playground bullies, acts of kindness, times in their lives when they played the upstander, bystander, victim or perpetrator

Content Source:
Holocaust Remembrance Series for Young Readers Guide
(Shawntelle Nesbitt)