English & EAL

Identity and Belonging External Resources

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Lisa Tran

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It is important to further your understanding of ‘Identity and Belonging’ with examples apart from the texts your school has chosen. Additional reading will enable you to develop a greater knowledge base, meaning you’ll possess a wider (and more creative) perspective for essay prompts. Area of Study 2, or ‘Writing in Context’ encourages students to use multiple resources in writing. This means you can use examples of identity and belonging from news, history, literature, personal experiences etc. There are no limits to what examples you can use in your Context essay. Below are some ideas to get you thinking about identity and belonging outside VCE texts:

Australian media

  1. Violence towards international students
  2. Queensland floods
  3. Victorian bushfires
  4. Australian multicultural society
  5. Proposal for Islamic school in New South Wales
  6. Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School ban on same-sex couples at formal
  7. Indigenous Australians and non-Indigenous Australians
  8. Asylum seekers
  9. Immigrants

International media

  1. Libya’s Berber people fight for their identity
  2. Genetic Engineering including ‘designer babies’
  3. Islamification
  4. Sunnis and Shias
  5. Argentina’s fight for gender identity

Events in history 

  1. War of independence
  2. Women’s suffrage
  3. Tiananmen Square massacre
  4. The Holocaust
  5. The Khmer Rouge
  6. The Stolen Generation
  7. The Apartheid
  8. Vietnam War

These are only a few of the many ‘Identity and Belonging’ issues that have occurred in current media and history. Research further and see what other ‘Identity and Belonging’ examples you can find.

 People’s issues with identity and belonging

  1. Rosa Parks
  2. Nelson Mandela
  3. Martin Luther King
  4. Adolf Hitler
  5. Osama Bin Laden
  6. Barrack Obama
  7. Benazir Bhutto

Remember that the people listed above are famous and have made their mark on the world. Explore individuals that may have influenced the world but are less recognised. Also consider people you know personally who may have influenced your identity and belonging.

 Quotes on identity and belonging

  1. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  2. “If you understood everything I said, you’d be me.” – Miles Davis
  3. “Who are we but the stories we tell ourselves, about ourselves, and believe?” – Scott Turow
  4. “Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I’ve ever known.” – Chuck Palahniuk
  5. “Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.” – Oscar Wilde
  6. “My identity might begin with the fact of my race, but it didn’t, couldn’t end there. At least that’s what I would choose to believe.” – Barack Obama
  7. “At least when one speaks of oneself one is passionate, well-informed and specific.” – Jan Neruda
  8. “Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.” – George R.R. Martin

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