The Places in Us
Short individual activity that gets learners to think about the places that are important to them. Contributes to their understanding of multiple identities.
KEY QUESTION: How are we connected to the world around us?
Many of us do not realise that we live in an interconnected world and are linked to many places across the world all the time. This activity enables learners to become more aware of all the places that are close, through a link or relationship.
1. Give each learner a sheet of A4 or A3 paper, and either prepare, or ask them to draw three concentric circles (sitting inside each other), to represent the world at different scales.
2. Next show learners how to add sentences, phrases and pictures to the chart, to show the links that they have to other places, local, national and global.
3. There may be quite a few links that learners think of straight away, and they can spend time working individually, then share ideas with each other. Make clear that each learners’ chart will be different, as the different places that we have inside us, or that we are connected to, rely on our identity, and who we are.
4. Encourage them to think about the links that they might not have thought about. Here are some ideas:
Clothes we wear (labels often say where clothing is made)
Food we eat (where it comes from)
Makes of cars we know or like (e.g. Toyota from Japan)
TV programmes we watch
Places petrol or diesel comes from for cars and buses that wemight use
Connections with family or friends you know in other places
Any places If you have lived or visited or had a passport/residency