Based on the teaching scenario of 2nd Primary School of Thrakomakedones. See Anthology (pp. 179-186)

Categories: Passages and Identities / My backpack / Being different from & and similar to others

Linguistic competence: Beginners – Advanced

Ages: 10 - 11 years old


  • To get to know each other through making up personal transition stories
  • Be in touch with the stories of people who have experienced their own transition
  • To question and discuss about cases of transitions that can occur in a person's life in general and/or in a person's life and history
  • To increase awareness of transitions marked by our or/and foreign peers and discuss examples from their own countries
  • Identify "common" paths, feelings, concerns and wishes, empathise and realise multiple selves
  • Through the creation of multimodal texts, to communicate and express themselves, both verbally and in writing, individually and in group

Time: 4-5 teaching hours


Key points of activity development

  • In relevant activities where children are asked to report their experiences, personal involvement is required. Personal examples are strongly suggested.
  • I accept any choices children make about their identity, even if these may not be true.
  • I use other communication languages if I have a population that does not speak the language of the host country. Obviously I encourage students to write in whatever language they want.
  • We seek to use media other than language (music and images).
  • I select the individual activities according to the conditions that are gradually being formed (time, emerging elements, response and children's ideas).
Connection to school lessons

What do I gain?
The participants of Backpack ID talk about their experience: Why is this project so special? What it meant to them and totheir pupils? Why you should use this material? What have they and their pupils learned? What works? etc. Watch their videos.