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MY JOURNEY

MY JOURNEY
Personal Narrative

 

Level: First Year Art & Design/ ESL Low-intermediate to intermediate

Language focus: Sentence construction + tenses consistency

Design focus: Mixed media collage techniques and narrative construction

Time: 3 hours 40 min. (3h 15min activities + 25min. break+debrief)

Prep time: 2 hours

 

Lesson Description:

This lesson introduces students to hand-made and digital collage techniques in relation to storytelling; the teacher introduces ethnography as a research methodology, in which students use themselves as the research object to reflect on their life experiences. As the subjects of research, students visualize their life experiences, important events, and imagined futures through hands-on mixed media techniques (drawing, painting, collage) transformed into a collective narrative; in writing the story of their lives, students practice English tense consistency and sentence construction. By combining these two modes of communication, students explore non-verbal communication to elicit emotional responses (mixed-media piece) and language to elicit mental pictures (written story).

Visual Chronology, The World Needs More Dreamers 

Life-history map 

 

PARSONS / VANS Activity Day, instructor, Niberca Polo. 2015

FOR TEACHER:

Readings: 

 

Visual Aids:

Tenses (graphic) 

– Visual Chronology presentation, Jessica Cannon

 

TEDtalk:

Frederic Kaplan, How to Build an Information Time Machine 

 

FOR STUDENTS:

Readings:

Handouts:

Worksheets:

 

 

 

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