Identity, Hair and Seeing Myself

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7-year old Morgan Bugg displays her drawing of hairstyles that reflect her identity

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Grade Level:
Elementary School
Common Core Standards:
Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, Language
SEL Standards*:
Self-Awareness, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision-Making
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People, Identity & Culture

7-Year-Old Morgan Bugg Advocates for More Diversity in Avatars

In April 2021, seven-year-old Morgan Bugg of Tennessee was using an educational gaming app called Freckle, which is used by more than 900,000 teachers in the U.S. This app gives students a chance to win coins while completing math and reading activities. Freckle has an online store where you can buy items for your avatar. Morgan wanted to buy a hairstyle for her avatar, but she noticed that they didn’t have any hairstyles for Black girls, like an Afro or braids. She and her teacher decided to take action. They wrote to the Freckle company and as a result, Freckle added more hairstyle options as well as other inclusive aspects of identity.

About the Lesson Plan

This lesson provides an opportunity for students to explore and understand more about identity, the importance of representation and reflect on how Morgan made a difference for herself and others by using her voice to challenge bias.

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn about a young person who made a difference regarding identity and representation. 
  • Students will understand what identity is and consider the different aspects of identity.
  • Students will identify the aspects of their own identity that are important to them.
* Based on CASEL's SEL Framework

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