Invite students to explore and share different parts of their identity by creating a cultural identity tree art project.
This activity supports the development of the following social-emotional skills: self-awareness, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.
Engage students in a discussion about identity. You might explain: "Our identity makes us who we are, like our experiences, beliefs, hobbies, and more! It can include who we think we are, who others say we are, and who we hope to be. What else do you think our identity includes?"
Distribute a physical or digital copy of the handout below to students, and ask them to create their own cultural identity tree that depicts different parts of their identity. Students should start by drawing a tree, and then follow the instructions to add major accomplishments, hopes and dreams, strengths, values, and other aspects of their identity.
Facilitate a live virtual exchange with your Empatico class, and invite students to an art gallery walk. Share the link for a digital gallery using a tool like Flipgrid, Wakelet, or Padlet, or ask students to hold up their artwork during the video call.
Students might share more about their cultural identity trees, and explain any personal context or background (e.g., specific memories, traditions, etc.), techniques that they used, or emotions that they wanted to express.
Guide students through a post-activity reflection by asking the following questions: