Lesson Plan

Many Voices, One National Identity

To conclude the unit on "Exploring Identity in the United States," pupils consider whether it is possible to combine many voices into one national identity. After creating an identity chart that lists words, phrases, and images that they feel represent the nation's identity, groups examine the changing demographics and the increasing diversity in the US. The class also watches a short video, responds to quotations about what it means to be an American, and adds more characteristics to the identity chart.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Post the "Flag of Faces" poster from the first lesson in the unit
  • The data in the provided "Shifting Demographics" document is dated (2014); have groups research current data
  • Use the lesson to launch a civics or American history course
  • Keep the Identity chart posted throughout the school year and add more details as the course progresses
Classroom Considerations
  • The final lesson in a six-part unit which is designed to be taught in order using materials developed in the previous lessons
  • Offers three different assessment options
  • None