Social Justice Stories

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

Journal Writing Topics

Kids' Power Series and Identity

  • What is the meaning of the word "identity"?

  • Think about one of the main characters included in the Series. How do you think the identity of this individual affected his/her perspective and the choices he/she made?

  • What influences helped shape his/her idea of what a community should be? Has it shaped how he/she feels about and sees the world? How so?

  • Did the community in which this person grew up affect his/her identity? Did it play a central role in forming the person he/she has become and what direction his/her life has taken? How so?

  • Reflect upon the different ways stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination affected his/her life course. How did he/ she overcome these obstacles?

My Identity

  • What do you think makes up your identity?

  • What aspects of your identity do you think are unique to you?

  • How do you think these aspects contribute to the diversity in your classroom/community?

  • What are some things you have in common with your classmates?

  • Were you surprised to learn you had "multiple identities"?

  • Which one of your roles/identities is most important to you? Why?

  • Which one is least important? Why?

  • What factors help you decide which identity or role is more or less important?

  • How do these more important identities affect the choices you make?

  • Has this knowledge changed the way you think about yourself?

  • Has it changed how you think about those around you?

  • Do you think it is important that members of a community share things about themselves with each other? Why or why not?

  • Have you ever thought about your name and what it says about you?

  • How do you think your name is linked to your identity?

  • Do you think your name and identity help give you a voice in your community?

  • Do you think it is important that everyone has a name and an identity?

  • The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child states that every child has a right to a name and an identity. Why do you think this is? Why is having the right to a name and an identity so important?

  • Do you think your name has influenced who you are? Why or why not? How so?

  • Can you think of anyone whose name has influenced who they are? How so?

  • How does your name link you to your family and/or community?

  • Think about the various factors that make up identity. How do you think they affect the choices you make? For example, if you are a middle child, how do you think that affects the choices you make or how you behave at home/in social situations? If you are Muslim/Jewish/ Christian, etc., how does that affect the choices you make?

  • Think about the communities/groups of which are you a part. What do you think your membership in those groups says about you?

  • Do you think they influence the choices you make or your perspective of the world? Why or why not?

  • What do you think your membership in these groups says about you? Do you think they influence the choices you make or your perspective of the world? Why or why not?

  • What do you think attempting to understand and listen to perspectives that are different from your own has to do with social justice in your community?

  • Describe a time in your life, or a problem you had, when one of the factors that make up your identity influenced how you behaved or how you resolved the situation.

  • Think of someone with whom you are close (e.g., a friend or family member). How do you think they would handle the same situation? How do you think their identity would influence how they resolved the issue? Do you think their decisions would be very different compared to yours? Why or why not?

  • What advice would you give to someone in the same situation? Would you recommend that they handle it the same way you did? Why or why not?