Self Image and Identity (Intermediate)

Self image is how we perceive ourselves and identity is how we present ourselves. Both are based on many influencing factors.

Topics to support teaching self image and identity:

Exploring Perceptions About Identity Through Self-Portraits

When students learn about each other’s identities, it helps them understand their own biases and prejudices, as well as build a space of respect and tolerance for all. In this lesson, put out by Edutopia, students will explore their identity through art and a self-portrait creation

Exploring Identity and Big Ideas Through Slam Poetry

Slam poetry is performance poetry that combines the elements of performance, writing, and audience participation. Students explore big ideas and their own identities in the creation of their own slam poems and accompanying artistic interpretation.

Self Image vs Reality

Our self image does not always match the way others see us. We are often our hardest critics. This short video explores the gap between how others perceive us and how we perceive ourselves.

Selfie Project

Watch the journey of a group of high school girls and their mothers, as they create a new type of selfie—one that celebrates their unique beauty. “Selfie” reveals how we have the power to redefine what is beautiful in all of us.

How Girls See Themselves

As girls grow older, beauty related pressures increase—making them believe their appearance isn’t good enough. Make a difference in a girl’s self-esteem and encourage her to realize she doesn’t need to change one thing. 

Define Beauty

Dove asks women what beauty means to them.