An impressive group-based activity that helps students get to know each others' self-identity better (rather than their perceived social identity). This is a great way to introduce a discussion of social identity (or to close with it). :)
Here, you will find several in-depth activities that help encourage students to embrace each others' differences. This is a great lesson in social identity because it helps students embrace their own identity and realize that others are more complex than they might think. They will hopefully realize that they even have some things in common (remember "The Breakfast Club"?)
Even though this is a dated text (1989), these issues are still problems today, and this book takes an in-depth look on how stereotypes and social identity affect the lives of different high school students from several different backgrounds and lifestyles.
Dr. Timothy J. Lawson of the College of Mount St. Joseph put together this series of activities that were linked to this invaluable Social Physcology resource page with permission by the original author: http://jfmueller.faculty.noctrl.edu/crow/prejudice%20log%20assignment.pdf
This useful article describes some of the major changes that occur socially in the lives of secondary students. It also describes how those changes affect relationships, whether it be with peers or with family. Bullying for instance is a prevalant issue during this time for many students, and the issue of identity is shaken because of it. This article provides useful tips for teachers and parents alike on how to help prevent bullying and encourage healthy communication between peers and others.
What exactly is Social Identity and its affect on teenagers? This Article effectively describes the stages of 'socioemotional development' that all teenagers face, and how this will begin to affect their relationships with others. The site reminds us as educators that this is a very significant and trying time in these young lives. (Remember we all went through it at one time ourselves!) It's a time when they need a mentor the most. Let's remember to try and see things through their eyes.