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IDENTITY DOODLES – FACILITATOR RESOURCES
Identity Doodles is an engaging, hands-on activity developed by Louie Gong, founder of Eighth Generation. Although Identity Doodles is often used as an ice-breaking tool for newly formed groups, it is uniquely effective as a non-threatening way to introduce basic ideas about cultural identity and responsibly approach touchy conversations related to racism and privilege. Unlike many activities focused on identity, Identity Doodles guides participants beyond individual identity to discussion related to the group or collective identity.
This digital download provides facilitator resources for use with Identity Doodles puzzle pieces (sold separately). Upon completing purchase, you will immediately receive a download link.
Facilitator resources include:
- Unreserved: The Work of Louie Gong, a 14 minute film by Longhouse Media
- A "Design Yourself" Lesson Plan for Identity Doodles
- An Ice Breaker Lesson Plan for Identity Doodles (short activity)
- Turn-key slideshow with a step-by-step guide and a broad range of examples
The Identity Doodles activity was born in 2006 when Louie realized the highly verbal workshop methodologies he had learned in graduate school just didn’t result in outcomes that reflected how deeply young people were impacted by racial and cultural identity. After seeing many youth struggle to verbally describe their own identities—because they lacked practice, or weren’t comfortable articulating what made them unique—Louie designed Identity Doodles as a way of meeting them closer to their comfort level.
The result is a highly adaptable activity in which participants are asked to explore identity through art, and verbal components can be modulated to match the communication abilities and preferences of the participants. Featured in Education Week Magazine in 2007, the Identity Doodles activity is praised for the way it challenges Western notions of identity—which tend to focus on the individual—by boldly incorporating the concept of group or collective identity.