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Transcript of Creating Identities
Let's take a moment to review the
theme of identity within Beowulf
Now that we understand the theme of identity within Beowulf, let's take it a step further!
You will each receive an example labeled "Environment" or "Experience."
Silently read the example and answer the following question on your paper:
We have discussed how environment and experiences can influence identity.
What is the definition
On your own, briefly answer these questions
1. What is the definition of identity?
2. List two things that may create or make-up an identity. Example: School life
2. What is Beowulf's identity? Consider his actions. the Anglo-Saxons beliefs and his behaviors.
Environments and experiences continuously shape identity
Let's start first with environment
Environment is the surroundings or conditions in which a person, animal, or plant lives or operates.
Your identity is very much influenced by your environment. Such as, where you grew up can affect how you act. If you grew up in the country, you may have an accent. If your parents are smart, they might have passed on those genes to you. Think of identical twins. They may look alike, but they can have very different personalities.
Now let's look at experiences
Experience is a particular instance of personally encountering or undergoing something
A little more on identity..
It consists of various defining characteristics that make up the whole of who we are in any given moment. These fragments of self include our sexuality, gender, and sense of belonging to a particular culture, nation, religion, family, or some other group. Our identity includes our looks, personality, beliefs and fears and is “an unfolding story… (Sennett 2000: 176-177).
-- A pair of friends traveling to an art exhibition.
While for one friend, the experience was exquisite and a good night out, for the other, it may have inspired them to switch careers and become an artist. Although we all live in the same world where many of our experiences overlap, the reason why we are all unique is because we ultimately choose what does or does not impact us in a crucial or unimportant way.
How might this influence or shape someone's identity?
Gather yourselves into two groups: Environment and Experience
Within your groups. discuss your findings.
Be prepared to share with the class.
TASK: Look back over your timeline from the Do Now. Choose one event that you feel has shaped who you are today. Then, respond to the following question using the RACES format:
How has a past event influenced your identity?
What are other examples of environment?
What are some experiences one might go through in high school?
On the back of your sheet, define environment and experience in your own words.
Have a great day!