Mini-Me Project Ideas

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

Students are never too old or too young to benefit from self-reflection. These projects will give your students a chance to reflect on their experiences and identities and engage with these in different ways.

Mini-Me Projects

Mini-Me projects are assignments that are designed to get students thinking about their identities and sense of self. By representing themselves and their identities, students get a chance to define how they want to be seen by their classmates, which can be a very empowering experience for some. As these projects deal with self-reflection and personal identity, they can benefit students of all ages and should not be seen as exclusive to elementary and middle school classrooms. The following projects are designed to be adaptable to students of most grade levels.

Mini-Me Project Ideas

Interview with Former Self

This is a creative writing project in which students will imagine that they are able to conduct an interview with their younger selves. Start by asking students to take several minutes for self-reflective journaling, in which they write out their thoughts about their lives, their experiences, their hopes, and how they've changed as they've grown. After journaling, students will begin drafting a series of questions (enough for roughly a five minute interview) that they would ask their younger selves. Students will then attempt to answer these as they believe they would have at that age. You may ask students to write this as a straight interview, or to write it as a narrative, describing the conversation from the perspective of the interviewer. Once they're done, consider having students share their work in peer groups.

Mini-Me Museum

For this project, students will create a small exhibit of themselves, representing themselves through this miniature museum. To create this exhibit, students will start by taking time for self-reflection and journaling during which they will consider their lives, experiences, and sense of self. Students will then assemble various objects that they feel are most representative of who they are. This could include things from their family history like an heirloom, an object from a major event in their life, or just a pair of sunglasses that they absolutely love. Students should be given freedom to select the object for their museum, but must consider the space available for the exhibit. In addition to these objects, students will write a museum guide/brochure that explains the objects in the exhibit. You may also consider asking students to create a playlist of songs to accompany the exhibit.

As far as the physical exhibit itself, this can be created in a few ways:

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