Creating an identity CV

7 Jan

I recently read a poem by Ouyang Yu entitled ‘An Identity CV‘.  In this poem, Yu seeks to represent his identity in the form of a resume.  The poem is interesting in that it captures the complexities, nuances, and shifting nature of identity.

Using this poem as inspiration, I would like to run an activity in which each of my students creates his or her own identity CV.  I think this would be an interesting way for students to start thinking about representing self.  I also think it could be interesting to ask students to complete the task from two different perspectives (perhaps their own and their community’s), thus helping them to understand how self-construction of identity and the perception of others can be quite different.

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