Note: In this activity, students explore how their identities and experiences shape their responses to police violence using an Iceberg Diagram. If your students have not already had an opportunity to explore the components of their identity in your class, consider asking them to complete an Identity Chart before they complete the rest of this activity.
Ask students to draw an Iceberg Diagram in their journals. At the tip of the iceberg, ask them to write the emotions they listed in response to the journal prompt in the first activity (Knowing we are about to discuss policing and the legacy of racial injustice, I feel _______.).
Then, ask students to elaborate on what gave rise to the feelings that they expressed in response to the prompt from the first activity. Their answers will likely be wide ranging and might include personal experiences, racial or other aspects of identity, family history, or knowledge of current events. Students should write these causes beneath the surface of the water on the diagram.
Give students an opportunity to anonymously share aspects of their identity or experiences that they wrote on their iceberg diagrams by asking them to write their responses on a piece of paper, which you can collect and rewrite on the board. Some students may wish to keep their responses entirely confidential, and no one should be required to share.