Circles of Connectedness

Finding Classroom Connections


Objective: To elicit discussion about aspects of shared identity and differences among participants.

Materials: Chart paper and markers, or blackboard and chalk. Paper and pens.


1. Give each student a piece of paper on which they draw a circle and write their name inside. (demonstrate size on board) Write their name inside it.

2. Draw five to ten petals around the circle as if drawing a flower. In each petal student writes a group with which she/he identifies. (include groups outside of school. Think of activities done with others).

3. Pair off students and ask them to identify the petals they have in common and initial these.

4. Then combine each pair with another pair and ask them to identify and initial the shared petals within this group of four.

Discuss the common features of the “flowers.” Were clubs included? religion? sports? music? Were the groups girls only or boys only or mixed? One ethnicity or race? family? nationality?

Construct a web with the whole group on the board. Write “us” in the central circle, and include all the groups named. Place those groups to which many people belong close in the center. Place those to which few belong or only one belongs further away.

What are the major areas of commonality? Of difference?

In which circles does only one person belong?

What does this web show us about our commonalities? Our differences?

Link Back to the Essay:  Crossing Cultural Borders

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