Identity in the Information Age

How has the experience of identity (both individual and social) been by impacted by the advent of the information age? How has the digital revolution— the rise of the internet, social media, mobile technology, big data, etc.—altered both the way others see us and the way we see ourselves?

These are some of the questions we’ll address in unit 3 by exploring how information technologies shape the way we experience authenticity, memory, self-determination, intimacy, and freedom of thought.

Together we’ll read articles that touch on various facets of this topic. Then you’ll choose a subtopic to focus on and explore more deeply. You’ll independently research it, consulting a variety of well-chosen sources and exploring different angles on the issue, and then you’ll present what you’ve learned in a 5- to 7-page essay that synthesizes information and ideas from multiple sources in order to introduce and analyze at least three distinct perspectives on the issue.

Skills Focus for Unit 3


  • Conduct inquiry-based research and write a question-driven essay


  • Summarize, compare, and contrast sources and perspectives, highlighting both shared elements and key distinctions


  • Learn how to find sources using library databases
  • Use rigorous criteria to evaluate sources and choose high quality sources to cite
  • Fully and accurately document sources you cite


  • Use topic sentences to keep your own voice & narrative of discovery in the foreground
  • Use transitions and key terms to clarify relationships between paragraphs and ideas and to signpost a change in direction or shift in perspective

Sentence Style

  • Enhance sentence clarity by highlighting key characters and actions in the story a sentence tells—name characters in grammatical subjects and use verbs to express what those characters do