Students make outlines of their bodies on paper and divide them in half. On the left side students show the ways they view themselves, on the right side they portray the ways others view them. After they complete their drawing the students are asked to hang their drawings in a gallery walk presentation and add sticky notes to 3 people’s drawings. The student may use the notes to ask question, leave a compliment or make a comment about or what it is the person sees in themselves and how others see them. The class should aim to have at least three comments on each person’s drawing.
What is the Objective?
To introduce the topic of stereotypes and the validity and falsity of them. To look at how one defines their own identity and the identities that others create for them.
ULLG: Cultural understanding and effective communication
CCSS: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Why is This Important?
This activity is a part of the Diversity in the Making workshop as part of the Beyond Insights workshop series. This workshop seeks to offer all students participating a chance to understand the uniqueness of their own and others’ Diversity. Students engage in an assortment of creative, collaborative projects, ranging across a variety of media to surface their commonly shared struggles, languages and cultural assets.
The workshop’s guiding question is:
How do we come to create together a classroom and a school climate where all of us matter and are valued equally?
What Do I Need?
Markers, large sheets of paper, sticky notes
This activity was created and run as a part of the Beyond Insights workshop series. The series, done in partnership with the Creative Exploratory at Michigan State University, brings 100 Lansing 6th graders to MSU’s campus one day a week for five weeks to encourage students to explore creativity, innovation, arts, and culture. The experience also encourages students to interact with the local university community and consider college as an option after high school. Students work with MSU Faculty, Creative Exploratory Fellows, the MSU Writing Center, and the MSU Center for Language Teaching Advancement in order to build a holistic understanding of creativity through design and communication, storytelling in writing and video, culture and identity, and digital media. All of the activities were created and run by preservice teachers and MSU faculty with the input of the students’ classroom teachers. More information about the workshop can be found at the link below.