This project unit—a multimedia self-portrait published in digital form—is the capstone of your students' high school careers. It is a chance for them to pause and reflect on where they've been, where they're going, and who they are as a person. Students will reflect on what they want others to know about them: what they want their message to be and what types of media they might use to convey that message. Students will have the opportunity to express themselves in many different formats—through writing, of course, but also through other media of their choosing. Students will be able to convey your message through visual art, photography, a graphic novel, audio, poetry, or video—practically any type of media they want!
- Students will complete a multimedia self-portrait, capturing important aspects of the essence of themselves.
- Students will contribute one chapter from their multimedia self-portrait to a class anthology.
- Students will present one chapter from their multimedia self-portrait to the class.
These questions are a guide to stimulate thinking, discussion, and writing on the themes and ideas in the unit. For complete and thoughtful answers and for meaningful discussions, students must use evidence based on careful reading of the texts.
- How is late adolescence a moment of internal and external change?
- What are the most important qualities of your character—past, present, and future?
- How can you portray these key aspects of yourself using multimedia?
BENCHMARK ASSESSMENT: Cold Read
During this unit, on a day of your choosing, we recommend you administer a Cold Read to assess students’ reading comprehension. For this assessment, students read a text they have never seen before and then respond to multiple-choice and constructed-response questions. The assessment is not included in this course materials.
- English Language Arts, Reading Informational Text, Reading Literature, Speaking and Listening
- High School
Written Chapter Timeline
Written Chapter Characters
Dialectical Journal: Written Portrait
“The Three Sisters” Annotation
Dialectical Journal: Essential Truths
“Rules of the Game” Annotation
“Tell the Truth but tell it slant” Annotation
Through Others’ Eyes: Form Letter
“Just the Facts” Annotation
Written Chapter Anecdotes and Details
Artist’s Statement Outline
Literary Self-Portraits Organizer
“The Man I Killed” Annotation
- What "Self" to Portray?
Lesson 2Choices of Potrayal
Lesson 4Changes Portrayed In Fiction
Lesson 5Summary Of Changes (Peer Review)
Lesson 6Self-Portrait Qualities
Lesson 7Chapter Planning
- Artifacts of Change
Lesson 8Multimedia Memoirs
Lesson 9Brainstorming Exercise
Lesson 10Creating A Plan Calendar
Lesson 11A Timeline Of Events
Lesson 12Self-Potrait Written Chapter (Draft)
Lesson 13Written Chapter Draft (Peer Review)
Lesson 14Project Revision
Lesson 15Types of Enhancements
Lesson 16Writing An Effective Argument
- Pulling It Together
Lesson 18Project Planning Updates
Lesson 19Project Group Discussion
Lesson 20File Map Completion
Lesson 21Project Publication Process
Lesson 22Troubleshooting Publication Problems
Lesson 23Final Project Review
Lesson 24Project Wrap Up
Lesson 25Anthology Peer Review
- Publication and Celebration
Lesson 26Artist's Statements
Lesson 27Final Chapter Of Self-Portraits
Lesson 28Classroom Presentations
Lesson 29Reviewing Common Themes