ERIC Number: EJ1052349
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Reference Count: 3
Teaching Identity Performance through Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried"
Communication Teacher, v29 n2 p71-75 2015
People express part of their identity through their style, gestures, speech patterns, and language use. Other people read these displays as presentations of ourself, an insight into who we are. It is important, therefore, for students to recognize their own performance of identity and be able to express that identity in a clear way. By focusing on how they want others to view them, students can see how their actions and words may be used to construct an image of their identity that can be accurately and credibly expressed to others. During the activity described in this article, by defining and expressing their own identities, and by watching how others define and express identity, students examine how to manage their identity in social situations. After completing the activity, students should be able to (a) critically assess their own presentation of identity; and (b) explain how some parts of their identity contribute to their membership in social groups while other parts remain separate from their membership in those groups. Students will work with metaphors to understand and explain their identity.
Descriptors: Student Development, Self Concept, Self Expression, Class Activities, Social Cognition, Figurative Language, Group Discussion, Public Speaking, College Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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