Students reflect on how they identify similarities and differences between people and how the process of focusing on similarities may impact our attitudes and actions.
Students will be able to:
- Identify similarities between themselves and a person previously perceived as very different
- Practice the exercise of “shared identity” to build empathy, respect, and understanding
- Apply the idea of “shared identity” to classroom contexts or video examples (optional)
Paper or student journals and pen, video/projector (optional)
|Optional: Start with a shared identity Bingo Game Card that has students mingle around the room to find things that they have in common/similarities. For example: I have younger siblings. I like Thai food. etc.|
|Steps in this process and the activity idea are adapted from a lesson from Greater Good in Action (find the original lesson, research, and ideas here).
If students are finding this exercise difficult or are not listing thorough enough similarities, you can break halfway through the silent writing and reflecting and allow them to talk through their differences and identify similarities with a neighbor, then go back to writing.
“I wrote about a girl who is incredibly competitive and only cares if we win on our soccer team. She is so different from me because I think that it is more important that we play well as a team and improve than win all of the time.
Difference: She’s competitive, I’m not.
Teachers can choose one of the three options below:
Give students time to discuss their experiences with this activity. The questions below can be used as a guide:
Give students time to respond to the “formative assessment” questions below.
Criteria for Success/Formative Assessment
Formative Assessment Reflection Questions:
- How can the process of finding a shared identity help you to be more respectful and to value others more?
- What is difficult about the process of finding a shared identity? How can you overcome those difficulties?
- What is one new understanding of “shared identity” that you found through today’s exercises?