Comparing Modern and Ancient Ideas of Ethnicity and Identity

Explore ethnicity and identity with a research and writing assignment. Class members conduct online research, looking in particular at images and carefully noting down their sources on notecards. They read about identity and compose essays that compare the ethnicity and identity that they experience to that of ancient people or the nineteenth century Middle Eastern world.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • The plan includes individual activities, but could easily be supplemented with small-group and whole-class discussion of the concepts
Classroom Considerations

  • Depending on the length of your class periods, you may want to tell students to focus on two or three steps each day to break up the rather dense assignment page
Pros

  • Includes guiding questions for discussion
  • Encourages pupils to cite sources and use evidence from their research to support their thesis statements
Cons

  • There isn't much scaffolding provided for the essay assignment