Over the course of the “Identity and Storytelling” text set, students have explored the complexity of identity and considered how sharing aspects of ourselves with others can be both validating and challenging. In this final lesson, students start to envision what sharing their stories—authentic stories about who they are and what matters to them—can look like, sound like, and feel like.
Students will watch a TED Talk in which Priya Vulchi and Winona Gao, university students, authors, and co-founders of the nonprofit CHOOSE, reflect on the year they spent engaging in conversations with people across the country about identity, race, and culture. They explain the importance of prioritizing what they call “soul stories” over “ego stories” and consider how engaging in meaningful conversations about race and culture can help all of us challenge assumptions and deepen our understanding of one another. After watching the video, students apply these lessons to their own lives in order to generate concrete steps they might take to share their stories, make space for the stories of others, and start to develop their own “identity literacy.”