Lesson Plan: The ID Project
Exploring Identity Through the Lens of Culture and Religion

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Grades : 6-12

Subjects :Civics, American History, Language Arts, Media Studies, Social Studies, Global History

Lesson Overview

In this lesson, students will define “identity” and consider how it (a) can be shaped by religion and culture and (b) can shape morals, values, and social interactions.

Materials Needed

  • This Is Where I Need To Be - Chapters 5, 14, 16, 18, and 20 connect most strongly to this theme. Other related chapters are 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 15, 16, 18, 19, 21, 22, and 23.
  • Reproducible: “ Identity Chart

Activities and Procedures

  1. Warm-up/Conversation Starters
  2. Questions for Class Discussion
  3. Class Project
  4. Homework or Long-term Assignments


Teacher evaluation of classroom participation. Teachers may wish to develop additional rubrics and measures for class projects and longer-term assignments.

National Standards

These academic standards are drawn from the Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning’s “Content Knowledge: A Compendium of Standards and Benchmarks for K-12 Education: 3rd and 4th Editions.”

Grades 6-12

  • Behavioral Studies Standard 1: Understands that group and cultural influences contribute to human development, identity, and behavior.
  • Behavioral Studies Standard 2: Understands various meanings of social group, general implications of group membership, and different ways that groups function.
  • Language Arts Standard 1: Demonstrates competence in the general skills and strategies of the writing process.
  • Language Arts Standard 7: Demonstrates competence in the general skills and strategies for reading a variety of informational texts.
  • Language Arts Standard 8: Demonstrates competence in speaking and listening as tools for learning.
  • United States History Standard 31: Understands economic, social, and cultural developments in the contemporary United States.

Key Terms

identity, Islam, multi-cultural, diversity, teens, Muslims in America, African American Muslims, ethnocentrism

Related Resources

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