There are many factors and attributes that affect the way we identify ourselves. Elements such as our background, culture, race, and ethnicity have an important role in our identity. Linking these factors together will give students a better understanding of their own identity. The purpose of this session is to create a dialogue for the students in order to help them find connections on how their background, culture, and race have influenced how they identify themselves.


Students will be able to:

  • Recognize identity as a social construct
  • Describe experiences that have shaped their identity
  • Identify the role that background, culture, and ethnicity have in your own identity
  • Discuss if media plays a role
  • Draw conclusions on how their experiences differ and relate to their peers


30 minutes


Poster Board

Common Core Standards:

CCSS ELA-LITERACY 9-10.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.7 Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.

AFS Educational Goals:

Cultural Realm:

  • To become more aware of their own culture and recognize its influence on their behavior and attitudes
  • To understand the concepts of “culture” and intercultural adaptation.


  • Form students in groups
  • Have students establish their own definition of identity
  • Analyze differences/similarities in how students’ identify themselves
  • Discuss why they identify themselves this way
  • Interview family members to see how they identify themselves
  • Present their findings

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