Self-Awareness Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Do you need a simple way to teach your class about self-awareness? This lesson plan uses an activity to get students thinking about self-awareness and a video lesson to explain key facts and outline one theory on self-awareness.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'self-awareness'
  • demonstrate self-awareness
  • analyze the Duval and Wicklund theory of self-awareness


45 minutes to 1 hour

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.


Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.


Integrate quantitative or technical analysis (e.g., charts, research data) with qualitative analysis in print or digital text.


  • A mirror
  • A worksheet created using the quiz associated with the video lesson

Key Vocabulary

  • Self-awareness


  • Ask students to study themselves in the mirror for a moment and then list 5 to 10 words to describe their own appearance.
  • When each student has a list, have them pair up with a classmate.
  • Now have the pairs create a list of 5 to 10 words to describe the appearance of their partner.
  • Instruct the students to compare their lists.

Discussion Questions

  • How are the lists the same?
  • How are they different?
  • Why might these differences occur?

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