The Personal Identity Wheel is a worksheet activity that encourages students to reflect on how they identify outside of social identifiers. The worksheet prompts students to list adjectives they would use to describe themselves, skills they have, favorite books, hobbies, etc. Unlike the Social Identity Wheel, this worksheet doesn’t emphasize perception or context. It is best used as an icebreaker activity or in conjunction with the Social Identity Wheel in order to encourage students to reflect on the relationships and dissonances between their personal and social identities. The wheels can be used as a prompt for small or large group discussion or reflective writing on identity by using the Spectrum Activity Questions on Identity.
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This video uses both the Personal Identity [5:00] and Social Identity [6:46] Wheel activities to prepare for the Spectrum activity [9:50].
Personal Identity Wheel (adapted from “Voices of Discovery”)
Image description: The chart below features a circle that is separated into ten sections. Each section is labeled (starting at the top and moving clockwise around the circle): favorite music, one skill you are proud of, favorite movie, favorite book, favorite food, favorite hobby, favorite color, personal motto, number of siblings, birth order. In the center of the circle is written “Three adjectives to describe yourself” followed by three numbered lines for students to fill out, and a space labeled “name.”
Adapted for use by the Program on Intergroup Relations and the Spectrum Center, University of Michigan.
Resource hosted by LSA Inclusive Teaching Initiative, University of Michigan (http://sites.lsa.umich.edu/inclusive-teaching/).