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Identity ~ Unit 1. With Mrs. Francene Gillis. Copy all notes; answer all questions; do all assignments. Brainstorm what identity means . What determines identity? List ten criteria used in determining one’s identity . Is it possible to mis-identify someone?

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Identity unit 1
Identity ~ Unit 1

With Mrs. Francene Gillis

Copy all notes; answer all questions; do all assignments


Brainstorm what identity means.

What determines identity?

List ten criteria used in determining one’s identity.

Is it possible to mis-identify someone?

Is it possible to have multiple personalities?

Which is more important, our physical identity, or our spiritual identity? Support your opinion.

How important is one’s name? Comment with examples of support.


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  • Create an "Identity Map" depicting all the components that make up your identity, including the many roles you play.
























  • What 3 words would you choose to best describe yourself?

  • Why do those words accurately describe you?

  • What 3 words would your family use to describe you?

  • What three words would your friends use to describe you?

  • Have three classmates describe you. How accurate are their perceptions of you?

  • What 3 words do you want to describe yourself as 10 years from now?

Physical self
Physical Self

  • In a paragraph describe yourself physically

  • Have a friend describe you (one paragraph)

  • Have a sibling/parent/guardian describe you.

  • What physical attribute is dominant in your family?

  • What do you like most about your physical self? Explain.

  • What would you change if you could? Explain.

  • Have you, or would you go on a diet, take diet bills, abuse your body, take steroids, have surgery? Explain.

  • What animal best reflects your physicality? Write a paragraph of support.

Spiritual self
Spiritual Self

  • In a paragraph describe your personality.

  • Have a friend or relative describe your personality in one paragraph. Compare.

  • List five virtues, positive attributes.

  • List five vices, negative attributes.

  • List five things you like to do.

  • What animal best reflects your spiritual self? Write a paragraph of support.

Revealing lists
Revealing Lists

  • List your favorite foods, songs, music, places

  • List your favorite sayings, movies, games

  • List your friends, relatives, teachers

  • List three most important people in your life

  • List three possible careers

  • List three children’s stories you like

  • List five favorite cartoon characters

  • List five character traits you admire.

Theme self identity
Theme – Self Identity

  • What four emotions reflect you?

  • List five human values important to you.

  • List and specify five skills you have or would like to have.

  • What are principles? List three you follow.

How we are identified

Finger prints/foot prints

Birth Certificate

Baptismal Certificate

Physical Traits

Family Tree


Where we live

Our voice

Our mannerisms



Pin Numbers

Financial Accounts

DNA & Blood Type

Photograph (s)

School/Student ID’s



Driver’s License

Social Insurance #


Email Accounts



How We Are Identified

What s in a name
What’s In A Name?

  • Research the meaning of your full name. Write a paragraph for your name page.

  • Why were you given the name you have?

  • Do you go by your first or second name?

  • Do you have a nickname? If so, what? Why?

  • Is your name spelled different or unique?

  • Literally define name. Figuratively define name.

  • Research ten favorite names

  • Research the ten strangest names you have ever heard. Provide background and proof.

Identity quotations
Identity Quotations

  • Copy/Write a half page on each.

    Add to portfolio.

  • “I am who I am, or am I?” – Mrs. Gillis

  • “It takes only one person to change your life

    - you!” Ruth Casey

  • “Change is the law of life, and those who look

    only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” - John F. Kennedy

  • “I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.” - Ralph Ellison

  • I want, by understanding myself, to understand others.

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson – “To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men, -- that is genius.”

True identity stories
True Identity Stories

  • Mistaken Identity - Documentary

  • Multiple Personalities - Essay

  • Identity Thief – Check Forgery

  • ATM Stolen Information –

  • Conjoined – several cases

  • Own Stories (Research and write one page synopsis and commentary on one case of any of the above and share with class.)

Moments that shape us
Moments That Shape Us

  • Copy the above quotation and explain what it means. Be sure to support your answer.

  • In a half page, describe a low point in your life and how it shaped who you are.

  • In a half page, describe the high point of your life thus far, and explain how it has shaped you.

What is most personal is most universal

Identity theme in writing
Identity Theme In Writing

  • Essays

  • Short Stories

  • Novels

  • Movies

  • Poems

  • Biographies

  • Profiles, tributes, roasts

Are you who you want to be
Are you who you want to be?

  • In a five paragraph essay answer the above question at this point in your life with an explanation and concrete support.

  • Narrow focus and topic.

  • Brainstorm and outline.

  • Create solid thesis statement.

  • Provide concrete support.

  • Give essay strong title. (Due next day)

Whitney cerak and laura van ryn
Whitney Cerak and Laura Van Ryn

Mistaken Identity

Shared tragedy after horrific crash
Shared Tragedy After Horrific Crash

  • Is it possible to mistake a loved one for another or vice versa? That is exactly what happened with Laura Van Ryn and Whitney Cerak. Theirs is a story of triump turned tragedy, tragedy turned triumph.

  • On April 26, 2006 a van carrying five students and four employees from Taylor University, a small evangelical Christian college in Upland, Ind., was struck head-on by a tractor trailer whose driver had fallen asleep on I-69 between Indianapolis and Fort Wayne. One of the girls was killed, another in coma.

  • “Mistaken Identity: Two Families, One Survivor, Unwavering Hope.”

Abigail brittany hensel
Abigail & Brittany Hensel

Conjoined - 1 Or 2?

Abigail brittany hensel1

Identity - 1 Or 2?

Abigail & Brittany Hensel

Brittany (left) and Abigail (right) are conjoined twins. Born in 1990 they live in Minnesota, USA. They have two spines which join at the pelvis. They have two stomachs, three lungs, and two arms.

Lori and dori schappel
Lori and Dori Schappel

"Don't assume [our life] is difficult, until we tell you it is." –

Lori Schappell

Identity unit 1

The sisters were born Lori and Dori Schappell on September 18, 1961 and lived in a home for people with severe mental disabilities until they were 24 years old.

Two or One?

George marcus cain
George & Marcus Cain 18, 1961 and lived in a home for people with severe mental disabilities until they were 24 years old.

  • ABC News Primetime Live, Transcript #344.  For 22 years, George Holmes and his twin brother Marcus, have been almost inseparable.  As fraternal twins, that means they don't look much alike, they grew up together, played together, establishing a special bond. 

  • But then arrived a stranger--a young man who had no place in their life until George Holmes looked into his face and saw himself....His name is Brent Tremblay and, in time, tests would reveal the shocking truth--that he is George's identical twin brother from whom he was separated shortly after birth; Marcus is not a biological brother at all.

  • In Ottawa, Canada, in 1971, 21-year-old Laura Cain gave birth to twins. She was a single mother. Days after her boys were born, she decided to give them up, temporarily, to foster care. She later married the boys' father, Randy Holmes, and two and a half months later took her boys out of foster care.

  • Meanwhile Carol and Jim Tremblay were waiting to adopt a baby who finally arrived from foster care...[and somehow ended up taking home George's twin whom they named Brent.]