Social Justice Stories

building compassion, tolerance, and responsible citizenship through social justice narratives


Who are you? What/who has shaped you into the person you are today? What is your "identity"? How does your identity affect the choices you make?

These questions may be difficult for some and easy for others. Perhaps you have never thought about your "identity" before. However, it is important that you consider these questions and reflect upon the influences that have helped form your identity and shape the person who have become today. We all have "multiple identities" (i.e. son, daughter, friend, student, artist, athlete, etc) and we are always changing as we grow and mature.

The activities below are designed to help you think about your identity and as you complete them, consider those factors that have helped shape who you are. For example, What Does Your Name Say About You gives you the opportunity to reflect upon the meaning of your name and to connect that understanding with your personal identity. Moving on to the activity entitled Introducing Main Character Through Photos, you can then apply what you have learned to more closely examine the identity of the characters in your Holocaust Remembrance Series for Young Readers book selection. Continuing your exploration of character and identity, explore deeper connections with the story using the Identity Comparisons worksheet. Finally, the creation of a Bullying Photo Essay asks you to consider how our own personal choices impact and help form the communities to which we belong.

As you complete the tasks listed above and move on to the activities in the next section; Human Rights, think about the following questions:

  • Who has helped shape who you are?
  • How does your identity affect the choices you make?
  • How have some of your choices impacted those around you?