Objective: Students will be able to identify words or objects that provide the audience with a glimpse of who they are and how they view themselves.
Time: 45 min
- “Crooked Smile” by J. Cole https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMadlIvoDN8
- Student Journals
- Old Magazines enough for students to share and cut pictures out of
- 12 x 18 sheets of construction paper
- Glue sticks
- Do Now (8 minutes): Read the quote and question aloud. “A photograph is a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.” – Diane Arbus
What does Arbus mean by this quote? What is your “Crooked Smile”? You know, that one thing that others may see as a flaw, but it represents a part of you or who you are regardless of what others may think.
- Explain to the students that they have until the song is over to have a minimum of 6 sentences responding to the question above. As students begin to write play the song “Crooked Smile” by J. Cole https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMadlIvoDN8
- Explain to students that In the song “Crooked Smile” by J Cole he says “We ain’t picture perfect but we worth the picture still” How does that relate to the above quote by Diane Arbus? Allow 3-5 minutes for students to use the strategy Think-Pair Share to discuss their thoughts to this question.
- Allow for at least 2 groups to share their response to the question out loud and allow time for at least 2 students to share their response to the question above.
- Explain to students that we all have a story to tell and our stories help shape our character. Ask the students in what ways have we as a people shared our stories throughout history?
- Students will share a glimpse of their stories by searching through magazines and cutting out words, and pictures that describe how they see themselves. Students need a minimum of 8 pictures or words that they are to glue on a 12 x 18 sheet of construction paper. Under each object students should write a couple words that describes why they selected that object. For Example, if I cut out a diamond ring maybe it symbolizes how my personality shines bright I may appear glamorous, but if you look close I’m very intricate.
- Allow time for students to share their posters either one at a time or by using a Gallery Walk method where the teachers/facilitator hangs each poster around the room and in small groups students walk around the room to share ideas and respond to meaningful images.
- As an homework assignment students are to take 2 selfies of themselves one with filters and one without. Students can email the pictures or bring them to the next class to show completion.