Erin Hall
4 years ago
Last Updated
1 month ago
How do we support our students to empathize with others through shared experiences?
Moreover, how can we find ways to connect with each other that transcend race, gender, age, and cultural boundaries?

This CTE / STEM Integrated Project, Identity in the New Age, gives students opportunities to explore the way individual identity works within networks of shared experience, connecting us to our families, to our communities, and to the world.

This project has larger implications for the school community and beyond, as students learn to celebrate diversity and the human connection we all share.

* In Digital Art, students will use a variety of media to develop visual stories that express the ways human experience is both individual and shared.
* In English, students will discover the way stories act as “cultural DNA,” both recording the unique experiences of the individual, and articulating shared beliefs, values, and struggles across social boundaries.
* In Biology, students will undertake a study of genetics, including how DNA (cultural DNA, genetic DNA) both codes our uniqueness and reveals the startling similarities we share with other humans.

This unit is brought to you by Erin Hall (CTE), Malina Olson (Biology) and Becky Brown (ELA) with support from the CTE Online curriculum leadership team and detailed coordination provided by the Course Team Lead Gregg Witkin.


Industries / Pathways
  • Arts, Media, and Entertainment Arts, Media, and Entertainment
K-12 Subjects
  • English-Language Arts
  • Science
Grade Levels
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

Facing Your Personal Identity with Digital Imaging (CTE)

The Color of your Family Genes through the Eyes of another Species

Genes Are Us. And Them.

The Identity of the Human Race, According to Chewbacca

Love Has No Labels: A Look Into the Structure of DNA (Science)

Skin Deep: A Look at the Anatomy of Skin Color (Science)

A Numbers Game: A Closer Look at the Protein Melanin (Science)

The Race Myth? Genetics and Society (Science)

Give Me the Details! How Stories Help Us Understand Each Other (ELA)

Coming to America and Coming of Age: How Stories Connect Us Across Cultures (ELA)

The Things We Carry: How Stories Help Us Interpret Experience (ELA)

I Feel Fine: Writing a Personal Narrative (ELA)