Having students create identity self-portraits are excellent activities to help students reflect on who they are, and for them to learn about the diversity in their classroom.
Here are three excellent lesson ideas – all are very good, though I have to say Shana White’s is my favorite (she even gave me permission to include a description of it in our last book!):
Creating a Learning Environment Where All Kids Feel Valued is by Shana White, and it appeared in Edutopia. Here’s a video about it:
Self-Portrait Ideas for ESL Students is from English Teaching 101.
Create a portrait exploring identity and expression is from The Adobe Education Exchange.
Please let me know of others that you think are particularly good!