This unit rounds out the first 9 weeks of the year, and builds an effective classroom community while teaching students how to examine and understand identity in multifarious contexts. This is a solid foundation for them to continue throughout the year as they evaluate literature, creative writing, and research. My “Individual and Group Identity” unit combines community with literature in a way that teaches students to critically assess the world around them as well as their interactions with it. Therefore, the unit fits into a larger teaching perspective that identifies students as responsible for questioning the world around them and forming their ideas about how they want to influence the world and their community.
The unit can be modified for all high school grade levels by tweaking or pulling assignments, or changing some excerpts. The anchor text can be changed and still fit the activities and planning included.