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Identity Charts

Activity Overview

Objectives

  • To apply, combine, and expand student knowledge and understanding of the factors that help shape their identities in the creation of an Identity Chart

  • To create an Identity Chart and to reflection upon the identity of a character(s) in their Kids' Power Series book

  • To make additional meaningful connections with their Kids' Power Series book by comparing and contrasting their own identities with a character from the text

Possible Terms for Review

  • Identity Chart
  • Multiple Identities
  • Identity Attributes/Characteristics:
  • Family
  • Friends/Peer
  • Neighborhood
  • Gender
  • Religion
  • Ethnicity
  • Nationality
  • Politics (usually for older students)
  • School Clubs
  • Community Groups
  • Birth Order
  • Socioeconomic status (usually for older students)

Materials Required

  • Chart paper/board, paper, pens

  • My Identity Chart (Handout #1)

  • Kids' Power Series Character Identity Chart (Handout #2)

  • Identity Compare and Contrast (Handout #3)

Activity Details

  1. Before this activity, draw and create your own identity chart. Place your name in the middle of a large piece of paper or chalk board, and around it record all those factors that make up your identity (family, pets, religion, profession, nationality, gender, etc.).

  2. Ask students to comment on your identity chart. What is it? Why did you do it? What do they think it says about you? What are the factors that make up your identity chart?

  3. Provide each student with the My Identity Chart (Handout #1) and give them 15 minutes to complete their own charts.

  4. Divide students into groups and ask them to sort and classify their identities into categories. For example, many identity charts have factors such as:
    • Family
    • Friends/Peers
    • Neighborhood
    • Gender
    • Religion
    • Ethnicity
    • Nationality
    • Politics (usually for older students)
    • School clubs
    • Community groups
    • Socioeconomic status (again, usually older students)
  5. Discuss each characteristic and its meaning.

  6. Write this question on the board: What does it mean to have multiple identities? Direct their attention back to their identity charts and ask them to think about all the different identities they have listed (i.e. student, daughter/son, athlete, Girl Guide, etc.). Ask them to think about and reflect upon the fact that they are one person/personality but that they also have these different and multiple identities that are listed on their identity charts.

  7. Repeat exercise and ask students to choose a character(s) from their Kids' Power Series book selection and explore their identities, using this reflection to construction an identity chart (Handout #2).

Note: Remember, you can use any number of ways to represent each identity characteristic (e.g., words, pictures, poems, drawings, photos, etc.). Students could also construct their identity charts using a variety of media (i.e. video, photography, writing, drama, etc. or a combination of forms).