When we teach identity, students learn about all the different ways we characterize ourselves. We learn about identity characteristics like cultural backgrounds, family ties, language, religion, gender, etc. Students also learn that part of identity is our talents, faculties, and gifts that are latent inside us and we develop and cultivate them as we grow. These characteristics do not define us but that they makes us uniquely ourselves. Although we may construct parts of our identities, society also does too. Our identities affect the way we interact with the world and how the world interacts with us. This work ultimately leads to a deep appreciation for the depth and beauty of each unique human being and helps us confront biases and beliefs we may have about different identity groups. This work is necessary for developing deep, honest bonds of friendship.
IDENTITY: Social Justice Standards
Identity 1. Students will develop positive social identities based on their membership in multiple groups in society.
Identity 2. Students will develop language and historical and cultural knowledge that affirm and accurately describe their membership in multiple identity groups.
Identity 3. Students will recognize that people’s multiple identities interact and create unique and complex individuals.
Identity 4. Students will express pride, confidence and healthy self-esteem without denying the value and dignity of other people.
Identity 5. Students will recognize traits of the dominant culture, their home culture and other cultures and understand how they negotiate their own identity in multiple spaces.
Nonfiction Narrative Figurative Language, Theme, Summarizing, Connection ConceptsPerspective: Black American
Fiction: Story Structure, Cause & Effect, nurturing a love of myth, legends and stories.Perspective: LGBTQIA+, Vietnamese
Fiction: Theme, Inferring, Character Analysis, Problem Solution, SequencingPerspective: Thai
Fiction: Theme, Character Analysis, Onomatopoeia Descriptive Language, Emergent Reader Strategies (syllables, sounds, consonants, vowels in your name)Perspective: Muslim
Fiction: Character Analysis, Figurative Language, Emergent Reader StrategiesPerspective: Argentine-American
Fiction: Descriptive language, Story Structure, Cause and EffectPerspective: Islander
Fiction: Character Analysis, Cause & Effect, Sequencing, ThemePerspective: Korean, Immigrant
Non-fiction Narrative: Character Analysis, Oral StorytellingPerspective: Hawaiian, Gender Non-conforming
This resource helps teachers and parents find books that inspire conversations with children that affirm their lived experiences, encourage a genuine curiosity and love for diversity and inspire them to identify solutions to solve problems in their communities.
If this is your first time hearing about the Social Justice Standards, learn more here.