Unit planner

This is a sample planner for a unit on identity, privilege and race. It is presented here as one of many ways to engages with some of the texts and works in this section in order to understand the 7 concepts, including identity, explore the areas of exploration and discuss relevant global issues

Conceptual understanding

  • The key concepts for this unit is identity.
  • Related concepts for this unit include privilege, racism, protest, prejudice and justice. 
  • The purpose of this unit is to understand how language, race and privilege help shape and express one's sense of identity, culture and history.
  • The learning has been contextualised by exploring the texts in relation to topical events, such as the killings of and lack of justice for George Floyd, Trayvon Martin and Breonna Taylor. 
Lines of inquiry
  • How have protests from around the world shaped the conversation on race relations, identity and human rights? (factual) 
  • To what degree is one’s sense of identity shaped by one's experiences, race, history, culture and privileges? (conceptual) 
  • To what extent are phrases like ‘all lives matter’ appropriate or inappropriate, helpful or harmful? To what extent do the media have a duty to censor or publish racially-charged acts of violence? (debatable)
Learning goals

  • We aim to develop an appreciation for the language of poets, film directors and advertisers and their messages on identity, privilege and race relations.
  • We aim to develop the skills to write and speak analytically about a range of texts and their messages.
  • We aim to become better global citizens, through an exploration of different cultures, communities and histories.
6-week overview

  1. Watch documentary 13th, discuss it and create an infographic on it.
  2. Explore a range of one off texts on lynching and create a 'gallery of texts' a topic of choice.
  3. Read poetry by Langston Hughes and create a bull's eye diagram for several poems.
  4. Explore the photography of Gordon Parks and present a photograph of choice.
  5. In pairs lead a mini-discussion about a Key and Peele sketch of choice.
  6. Write a practice HL Essay on Key Peele sketches, Gordon Parks photography, Langston Hughes poetry or another work or body of work of choice. 


  • Infographic (portfolio)
  • Gallery of texts (portfolio)
  • Bull's eye diagrams (portfolio)
  • Notes on and recording of a discussion (portfolio)
  • Practice HL Essay (summative)

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