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Identity, individuality, responsibility


Identity, Individuality, Responsibility

LT focus: To develop a sense of self identity and confidence in each person’s individuality


Introduce lesson with poem ‘The Voice’ by Shel Silverstein.

Discuss the importance of self belief and being proud of our individuality.


Brainstorm a list of areas which make us individuals –

  • Likes and dislikes
  • People who are important to us
  • Hobbies
  • Special abilities
  • When I grow up I want to

Creating a collage:

Provide each child with an A3 page and invite them to create a collage using magazine cuttings, drawings, words, phrases and symbols all about themselves with their picture in the centre. Use the brainstormed areas as ideas for the collage.  

When finished creating individual collages, divide class into small groups of 3 or 4.  to share and describe their poster to others in their group.


Whole class discussion – reflect on what it was like sharing information about themselves with their group.

Discuss the line ‘The voice that speaks inside’ from the poem ‘The Voice’, within the context of their personal collage. Emphasise the importance of self belief and to have confidence to take personal responsibility for decisions and not be influenced by others.

Display posters in the classroom celebrating the uniqueness of each poster just as every person in the class is unique.

Other teacher resources for teaching this topic:

Resources: A3 paper, glue, magazines, photo of each child, pencils, crayons, Poem ‘The Voice’

Poem ‘The Voice’ by Shel Silverstein

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