For this week’s post, you will have a few options to choose from. The topic for this week is stereotypes. Before you choose your response format, remember that this topic is a sensitive one. Be sure to stay respectful and open minded as you discuss the topic with your peers this week.
Find a poem or song that expresses a theme related to one of the spheres on the Identity Web. Remember that theme is more than just a topic. It is a universal truth or lesson the author intends for the audience to glean from the text. For example, "love" isn't a theme. "Love conquers all," is. Include a link to the full text of the poem or song lyrics, or find a school appropriate video in which the piece is performed. Discuss the theme of the piece and how it relates to the sphere in the identity web. Chose at least one line/stanza that helps develop that theme to analyze in depth. Explain it's significance in building on the theme and what it means to you.
Start up a conversation with an older family member about your cultural heritage. Try to find out what your family knows about your ancestral background/ethnicity. Share what you learned, and then find a topic related to your cultural heritage to research further. Write about what you learned. Your research topic could be anything related to your background. You might discover a family tradition that has ties to your background, or you might find a topic you know nothing about. (Consider food, music/dance, rites of passage, ceremonial traditions, etc.). Include and reference the link to your research!