1.en.2 Identity: Who am I? Stereotypes? Stereotyped?

Captura de pantalla 2013-10-27 a la(s) 8.15.35 PMUnit one revolves around  the topic of identity.  We have long discussed the issue and you all agreed that it is very difficult to find straightforward answers.  Genes? Education? Family? Environment? background?

In terms of personality, can a single adjective describe what we are like?  look at this poem  by  Ryan T. Bliss

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What do you think of it?

Stereotypes are commonly held beliefs, assumptions, or oversimplifications about groups or types of people. We all learn stereotypes about gender, race, class, ethnicity, religion, and age from the media, our peers, and families.

Stereotypes, whether supported by evidence or not, make it difficult to see people as individuals. Some stereotypes, both positive and negative, get translated into expectations from parents/guardians, teachers, friends, and society as a whole.

These are just some examples of stereotypes:

  • “people think I am a trouble-maker because I skateboard”
  • “people think I am good at maths because I am Asian”
  • “people think I like pink because I am a girl.”
  • “people think I am a rebel because I have piercings”

Read this “Just Because” poem written by an anonymous teen girl, San Diego, California.

Just because I am Mexican,
Doesn’t mean I speak Spanish
Doesn’t mean I am “illegal”
Doesn’t mean I’m illiterate
I am a good reader.

Just because I am a girl,
Doesn’t mean I like to shop
Doesn’t mean I am boy crazy
Doesn’t mean I can’t play sports
I am a loyal friend.

Just because I’m Catholic,
Doesn’t mean I go to church
Doesn’t mean I read the bible
Doesn’t mean I am better than you
I am a nice person.

Just because I am young,
Doesn’t mean I am naïve
Doesn’t mean I don’t care
Doesn’t mean I will “understand someday”
I am a human being

Now it is your turn to give it a try. Use the template and write your own “Just because “version of the poem.

Just because I am_______________________________________________________________,

I am not_________________________________________________________________

I am not_________________________________________________________________

I am not_________________________________________________________________

I am__________________________________________________.

 

Just because I am_______________________________________________________________,

I am not_________________________________________________________________

I am not_________________________________________________________________

I am not_________________________________________________________________

I am__________________________________________________.

 

Just because I am_______________________________________________________________,

I am not_________________________________________________________________

I am not_________________________________________________________________

I am not_________________________________________________________________

I am__________________________________________________.

 

Just because I am_______________________________________________________________,

I am not_________________________________________________________________

I am not_________________________________________________________________

I am not_________________________________________________________________

I am__________________________________________________.  

In this site, you can find more Jus because poems written by American teenagers.

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Some images and music for reflection.

Some adjectives that might come in handy to boost your inspiration

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