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8th Grade Lesson

Public Identity

Share your narrative

High School Friends

In today’s news-addicted world, students need to learn how to be able to analyze and criticize information that is being spread. It is also important for them to be able to recognize when stereotypes, biases, and prejudices are promoted in visual culture and media and understand the source of their assumptions.


To counter these messages, they can be a self-advocate for groups they are a part of who are being oppressed, and can be allies to those they are not part of. It’s best to know people from all different communities, and not make assumptions.

  • 8.2 PE Select materials and techniques to independently create works of art.

  • 8.3 PE Make aesthetic decisions using the elements of art and principles of design.

  • 8.1 CO Interpret how community context, beliefs and resources influence works of art.

  • 8.3 CO Discover how cultural differences impact personal perceptions.

Essential Questions:

  • Are there biases in visual culture? (What is a bias?)

  • Is there stereotyping in visual culture? (What is a stereotype?)

  • Can I own my narrative? 

  • Who is the best source for information about a group of people?

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