ELA 7/8 Identity Self-Portraits
Writers can express ideas about their identity through poetry, like we’ve read. They can also do it visually, as we will try today.
For today’s activity, you will need:
- your markers and/or pencil crayons
- While you do the work, Ms Waldner will take your photo and Cartoon it for this activity.
In groups of 4-5, look at the four self-portraits at the following link and follow these steps:
- In general, discuss the things you notice in each self-portrait example.
- Create a list with examples of their identity they included through visuals.
- Example: musical notes or keys of a piano may represent their musical interest or talent
- Example: A Canadian flag likely represents their nationality.
- Write your list examples out on Post-its
- and see if you can create Categories to group them under.
- If you get stuck, you can check this List of Identity Categories
- Using the Categories of Identity, write/develop your own list of examples that represent you. Try to develop examples in each category.
- Example: Maybe you include a wheat sheaf to represent a farming background.
- I will give you a printed cartoon of your photo.
- On the LEFT, colour it as normal.
- On the RIGHT, draw and colour in your identity examples from your list.
If Done, scroll to the bottom for Step 3.
After you’ve coloured in your image, then you have TWO OPTIONS for what to do with the blank perimeter on the page.
- Draw lines from the center out and create/draw words that you feel represent how you feel or what you think people think of you. (see image)
- Create horizontal or vertical lines and create/draw words that you feel represent how you feel or what you think people think of you. (see image)