Who Am I? Exploring Identity
Who am I? In this lesson, students reflect on this question through
discussion, writing and art. Students first define "identity" and
consider who they are and what they value. Students then explore the
work of two photographers featured on an upcoming episode of
Thirteen/WNET New York's series EGG THE ARTS SHOW to see how they have
dealt with the issue of identity. As a culminating activity, students
respond to the question "Who am I?" using photography, paint, clay, or
This lesson should take approximately five class periods of
approximately 50-60 minutes.
This lesson was prepared with Maureen Carroll.
Students will be able to:
New York State Standards
- gain an understanding of a variety of means of expression of
- engage in research and self-exploratory writing activities.
- explore the role of art in self-expression.
- create a rendering of their own identity by using varied forms of
- gain insight into their own identity.
STANDARD 3-Language for Critical Analysis and Evaluation
Listening and reading to analyze and evaluate experiences, ideas,
information, and issues requires using evaluative criteria from a
variety of perspectives and recognizing the difference in evaluations
based on different sets of criteria.
Speaking and writing for critical analysis and evaluation requires
presenting opinions and judgments on experiences, ideas, information,
and issues clearly, logically, and persuasively with reference to
specific criteria on which the opinion or judgment is based.
STANDARD 1-Language for Information and Understanding-Commencement
Speaking and writing to acquire and transmit information requires asking
probing and clarifying questions, interpreting information in one's own
words, applying information from one context to another, and presenting
the information and interpretation clearly, concisely, and
Students will make works of art that explore different kinds of subject
matter, topics, themes and metaphors. Students will understand and use
sensory elements, organizational principles, and expressive images to
communicate their own ideas in works of art. Students will use a
variety of art materials, processes, mediums, and techniques and use
appropriate technologies for creating and exhibiting visual art works.
New Jersey Standards
- Students create a collection of art work, in a variety of
mediums, based on instructional assignments and individual and
collective experiences to explore perceptions, ideas, and viewpoints
- Students create art works in which they use and evaluate
different kinds of mediums, subjects, themes, symbols, metaphors, and
- Students demonstrate an increasing level of competence in using
the elements and principles of art to create art works for public
New Jersey State Standard 3.4: All students will read a variety of
materials and texts with comprehension and critical analysis.
New Jersey State Standard 1.2: (Creation and Performance) All students will utilize those skills, media, methods and technologies appropriate to each form in the creation, performance and presentation of dance, music, theater, and visual art.
Connecticut State Standards
Content Standard 1: Students will read and respond in individual,
literal, critical and evaluative ways to literary, informational and
Performance Standard: Generate questions before, during and after
reading, writing, listening and viewing. Students will ask and answer
their own and each other's text-related critical and analytical
Content Standard 2: Producing Texts
Students will produce written, oral and visual texts to express, develop and substantiate ideas and experiences.
Performance Standard: Communicate effectively in descriptive, narrative
and expository and persuasive modes. Students will identify and use
effectively the salient features of all appropriate oral, visual and
Content Standard 1: Students will understand, select and apply media,
techniques and processes
Performance Standard: Students will apply media, techniques and
processes with sufficient skill, confidence and sensitivity that their
intentions are understood.
Performance Standard: Conceive and create original works of art that
demonstrate a connection between personal expression and the intentional
use of art materials, techniques and processes.