All About Me Project Ideas for High School

Instructor: Grace Pisano

Grace attended James Madison University has a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in teaching. She previously taught high school social studies in several states around the country.

In high school, although some students have a strong sense of personal identity, many are still looking to develop the idea of who they are. An '~'all about me'~' project might help and will easily fit into an English or history high school class.

Purpose of ''All About Me'' Projects and Curriculum Connection

In all of the sample projects below, students will be creating a product that talks about their life. Students will have the opportunity to talk about family dynamics, values, their past, their goals for the future, and the things that matter most to them. There are many opportunities to incorporate various writing skills, historical thinking, and analysis into these projects as well. Most importantly, these projects allow for self-reflection, have the opportunity to enhance student-teacher relationships, and build community within your classroom. All of the below projects are intended for high school students. Within each project, you will find a description of the project, an estimated length of the project. and materials needed for the project.

''Who Am I?'' Storyboard

In this project, students create a posterboard with images describing their past, present, and future. Students may use photographs, computer printouts, or magazines to illustrate who they are. Set a minimum number of images that all students must have on their storyboard (15 is a good place to start). Many students are interested in a teacher's life, so it would be great to make your own storyboard ahead of time to show students as an example. For each image, students should write a 1-2 sentence description that describes how the image relates to his/her life and why this is a significant feature of his/her life. This helps students focus on using the most relevant images. Encourage students to ask their parents for pictures of them as a child.

This project should take 1-2 hours. Inform students of the project in advance so that they have time to collect images.

Materials needed for this project: posterboard, scissors, glue, old magazines, markers, computers/printer to get images

''All About ----'' (Powerpoint)

In this projects, students create a Powerpoint presentation about their life. For each slide, students must include a title, 1-2 images and a sentence describing this part of his/her life. Students should present their projects to the class to work on public speaking skills (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.5). Students should create 15 slides, with five slides for each category: past, present, and future. Give students a list of guiding questions (see below) for each category. Again, it could benefit students if you created your own presentation to share before they began.

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