For the Systems & Models Course, GCE Seniors investigated the following guiding question:

How do you picture yourself?

Here’s the scenario students were challenged with:

The purpose of this Action Project is to synthesize all of the information that you’ve learned about yourself through the range of profile activities and create an artistic rendering of yourself. What you create may or may not look like you, or even a human being; and this is acceptable because you will explain your self-rendering through an artist statement that is anchored in the language and understandings gleaned from the individual profiles experienced in U1 Internal Investigation. 

Click on the sketches in the sketchbook to take a closer look at the students’ self-portraits.

National Standards: Project Alignment with Common Core Standards:

Text Types and Purposes:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.3.B. Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, reflection, and multiple plot lines, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.3.C. Use a variety of techniques to sequence events so that they build on one another to create a coherent whole.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.3.D. Use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and/or characters.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.3.E. Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on what is experienced, observed, or resolved over the course of the narrative.

Comprehension and Collaboration:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.1.A. Come to discussions prepared, having read and researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence from texts and other research on the topic or issue to stimulate a thoughtful, well-reasoned exchange of ideas.

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.4. Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.5 Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.

Illinois Learning Standards for Social Science: Psychology Standards

SS.Psy.3.9-12 Understand a variety of psychological perspectives and apply their concepts and theoretical ideas to the investigation of similarities and differences in behavior and mental processes.

SS.Psy.4.9-12 Analyze how biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors and their interactions influence individuals’ behavior and mental processes.

SS.Psy.7.9-12 Apply psychological knowledge to their daily lives.

SS.Psy.8.9-12 Use appropriate psychological terminology with reference to psychologists, their experiments, and theories in order to explain the possible causes of and impact on behavior and mental processes.

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