Activity Introduction

In this lesson, students will investigate how labels are used to identify things and people. They will consider the impact of labelling people and explore the potential for labels as an empowering force. Students will investigate how symbols and images can help us communicate identity alongside labels and they will create their own visual representation of their unique identity. Students will consider how they choose to present their identity to the world, including the parts they wish to remain secret. They will reflect on how their use of labels can affect others.

Find all the IMAGI-NATION{TV} episodes on AIME’s YouTube channel.

Time required: 100 minutes

Tips for Teachers

This lesson is designed to be flexible for use with various year levels and across the curriculum. It can easily be tailored or expanded to focus more deeply on the skills that students are exploring in their classroom context. For example, art teachers could focus more on visual representation of identity and HPE teachers could focus more on the social impacts of negative labelling.

Learning intentions:

  • Students understand how labels are used to identify things and people
  • Students understand the positive and negative impact of labelling people
  • Students consider the potential benefits of owning their labels
  • Students use symbols and images and express their identity.

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Years 9 & 10 HPE

  • Evaluate factors that shape identities and critically analyse how individuals impact the identities of others (ACPPS089)
  • Critique behaviours and contextual factors that influence health and wellbeing of diverse communities (ACPPS098)

Years 9 & 10 Visual Arts

  • Plan and design artworks that represent artistic intention (ACAVAM128)

Resources Required

Background Information

AIME created IMAGI-NATION{TV} & the IMAGI-NATION{CLASSROOM} experience to put a mentor in the home every day during the tough times of COVID-19 and beyond. It’s a daily TV show broadcast live on the internet, and it’s a gift for teachers, parents and kids to help make sense of today and imagine tomorrow.

The pursuit is to elevate knowledge; every guest we bring on knows something and has wisdom to share. This show is not just about entertainment to pass the time. We want to remake the mould for the modern hero – from beauty to brains, from selfies to self-knowledge, from hashtags to hope. IMAGI-NATION{TV} is seeking to unlock the best in every single one of us; to inspire a generation of heroes in the form of mentors who fight for a fairer world.

AIME logo This lesson has been developed in partnership with AIME. AIME is an Imagination Factory that since 2005, has been creating pop-up Imagination Factories on university campuses around the world to unlock the internal narrative of marginalised kids, taking them from a world that tells them they can’t to a world that tells them they can. Kids who experience the Imagination Factory have gone on to achieve educational parity, rise up as entrepreneurs, and take on a whole new mindset that prepares them for success.

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Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions: Students will...

  • … understand how labels are used to identify things and people
  • … understand the positive and negative impact of labelling people
  • … consider the potential benefits of owning their labels.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • … use symbols and images and express their identity
  • … write a biography that expresses their identity
  • … communicate empathically and sensitively with others.

Teacher content information:

IMAGI-NATION{TV} by AIME

AIME was founded in 2005 to bring mentors into the lives of kids left behind. Since then they’ve grown to become global experts in mentoring - being awarded one of the top 50 education groups in the world in 2019.

AIME created IMAGI-NATION{TV} & the IMAGI-NATION{CLASSROOM} experience to bring mentors into schools and homes every day during the tough times of COVID-19 and beyond. IMAGI-NATION{TV} is a daily TV show broadcast on the Internet and co-hosted by school kids around the

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Student Worksheet

Owning My Identity - Activity Instructions

Learning intentions:

  • You will understand how labels are used to identify things and people
  • You will understand the positive and negative impact of labelling people
  • You will consider the potential benefits of owning your labels.

Success criteria:

  • You can use symbols and images and express your identity
  • You can write a biography that expresses your identity
  • You can communicate empathically and sensitively with others.

Identifying Labels

1. Watch this IMAGI-NATION{TV} interview with Ian Thorpe:

AIME TV Interview: Ian Thorpe (https://vimeo.com/214101616)

2. Watch this video in full:

Claiming your Identity by understanding your self-worth. | Judge Helen Whitener | TEDxPortofSpain (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57FMau29O_g)

Representation And Visibility

3. Complete:

•   What others can see/notice about me (e.g. gender, race, age, physical features/disabilities, language):
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•   What others can’t see, but know

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