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    Using the 'Create a Pop Group' activity

    This activity asks students to choose different aspects of identity to create a four member pop group with a mix of identities. The story introduces learning about ethnic and cultural diversity and covers the QCA schemes of work Unit 0.4: Britain - a diverse society?

    How to use with a whole class with access to computers

    Print out the results for classroom display and discussion. When students have finished this, they could work in groups - either on or off computers - to make a poster advertising the pop group.

    To summarise the discussion ask: What does your pop group show about ethnic and cultural diversity in the UK at the start of the 21st century?

    Give guidance for recording information in exercise books so students take away information from the lesson. These questions may help:

    1. What does your pop group show about ethnic and cultural diversity in the UK at the start of the 21st century?

    2. Write notes on the different aspects of identity you used to make your pop group (e.g. gender, appearance, religion/beliefs).

    3. What makes a person's identity? Draw a picture or write a description of your best friend, showing different aspects of her/his identity. If there are no names on these they could be used as a class guessing game, working out who is being described (as long as students are happy to do this).

    Encourage students to explore active citizenship using Get Involved. Here,there are examples of Citizenship action by other schools.

    Students can 'Go off on a tangent!' with audio and video clips or find out more on 'Get the lowdown'. .

    Students who finish early can add their own ideas about rights and responsibilities on the messageboard.

    How to use with only a small number of computers

    Use the 'Create a pop group' animation to help the whole class develop their own pop groups with diverse identities.

    Have some students online at the computers and the rest in groups with large sheets of paper and colours.

    Students at the computers call out each task in turn and the rest add their chosen details to the pop group members they are building up on the sheets.

    If in doubt, individuals can go to the computers to check they are doing the right activity.

    When all the pop groups are ready, give written tasks to summarise the learning with these questions:

    1. Using only the gender and age categories, work out how many different identity combinations are possible.

    2. What makes a person's identity? List at least five ways in which everyone is different from everyone else.
    Suggestions for using with an interactive whiteboard

    The method of using the 'Create a pop group' animation above can also be used on the whiteboard.

    Project each task in turn for the whole class to build up an agreed group on the board or in their exercise books.

    Use the class discussion questions below to build up a class discussion.

    Suggestions for using the site for planning lessons

    Use images from the animation as OHP transparencies.
    The final pop group image can be used to set up the activity, or printed and copied so that small groups can use it.

    1. Working in groups of three to four students, ask students to share ‘quick response’ ideas to what they think they have in common and ways they are different from each other.

    2. Ask students to record the similarities and differences they came up with in two tables: Decide the categories you will use for each table, like ‘age’, ‘gender’, ‘fashion tastes’ and so on.

    3. Share some ideas from the tables around the class and then introduce the idea of imagining a group of school friends who feel they have lots of differences. Make a similar table for this imaginary group – or draw a picture of the group showing the ways they are different.

    4. Then use a printout from the animation to set up the ‘design a pop group’ activity as the next task or ask them to visit this in the computer room or as homework.

    Suggested questions to encourage class discussion

    1. Are there any real pop groups like the ones you've created?
    2. What is racism and how can it be challenged?
    Extension work for more able pupils

    Suggested tasks for more able students:

    1. Create a similar activity for another kind of diverse group, like a TV show or sports team.

    2. Write the words for a song that could be performed by your pop group. Try to make the ideas in the song reflect the diversity of ideas and cultures in the group.

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