Do your students know who they truly are? Teens often have difficulty establishing a sense of personal identity, considering all the different forces impacting their lives including parents, teachers, peers, media, and more. Applying the ideas of Identity v. Role Confusion, Erikson's fifth stage of psychosocial development, students will explore high school popularity, cliques, and themselves with this engaging lesson.
Throughout the lesson students will:
1) Respond to a Bell Ringer that asks them to describe the typical qualities of popular kids.
2) Read a short informational article about Identity v. Role Confusion.
3) Evaluate several short biographies, determining which students would be considered must popular/unpopular.
4) Participate in a group photo gallery in which students discuss the presence and impact of certain cliques in schools.
5) Listen to an audio recording about the difficulties of racial minorities when it comes to developing a personal identity while being a high school student.
6) Create a drawing that best represents their personal identity and describe the meaning of their drawing.
7) Finish with an exit ticket that asks students to correctly describe the Identity v. Role Confusion stage.