Next Social identity relates to how we identify ourselves in relation to others according to what we have in common.
Think about a time when you have pretended to be something that you are not or when you have hidden your true feelings. Why did you choose to hide a part of your identity?
Volunteers can share their responses. Given the personal nature of this prompt, it is best to allow students to keep this reflection private.
What would happen if we never concealed our feelings or parts of our identities? This poem has been interpreted in many ways. Dunbar may be referring to the universal human behavior of hiding our feelings or an aspect of our true selves.
Many believe that he is referring to the experience of African Americans. For the purposes of this lesson, it is sufficient for students to come away from a reading of the poem with an awareness of the fact that we all wear masks—in different ways and for different reasons.
They may wear masks to conceal a love of math or disappointment about a bad grade. If you have more time to discuss the historical context of this poem, you can use the following prompts to structure your conversation: Paul Laurence Dunbar was an African American poet who was born in He was the son of slaves.
Whom do you think he might have been writing about in this poem? Why might these people be wearing a mask? Why would African Americans still be smiling? Are their smiles happy smiles? Main activity Explain to students that they will be making a mask that will be displayed in the classroom.
Encourage them to think about masks both literally and figuratively while helping them to consider the multiple purposes of masks. Sometimes people wear masks to hide their feelings or to pretend to be something they are not; at other times people wear masks to emphasize a particular facet of their personalities.
For example, a clown mask emphasizes humor and playfulness. Masks can also function as protection e. To make their masks, students first have to decide how they want to present themselves to the class.In addition, some identities are stigmatized (person with AIDS, homeless person, alcoholic) and many social identities can be multiple (an Asian American Democrat who works as a writer).
Together, the different roles a person plays can help him realize his overall identity. A professional identity is the image a person has based on the way she performs a job or operates within a career field.
It is often compared to a brand identity, which is a company's public image.
A distinct professional identity is often helpful in building a successful career. Students will identify the aspects of their identities that they want to present to others and the aspects they want to conceal. Students will be able to represent their identities visually through making a mask.
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To make their masks, students first have to decide how they want to present themselves to the class. Which aspects of their identities do they want to emphasize?
Which aspects of their identities do they wish to conceal? Completing the Mask-making Preparation Worksheet can help students answer these questions before they begin crafting their masks. Students can also refer to their identity charts and .