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Eyes That Talk

Self portraits boost self-awareness as you take a closer look at your strengths and features.

  • Grade 5
    Grade 6
    Grades 7 and 8
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    1. Ask students to think about their strengths. What attributes make them a good person? How can they build on these strengths? In what areas would they like to improve themselves?
    2. Students write a short description of themselves with Crayola® Colored Pencils. Students think about the traits and talents they are most proud of.
    3. Students look in a mirror to help them recognize the shapes and placement of their facial features, head and hair, and shoulder posture.
    4. With Crayola Oil Pastels, students draw their own portrait with an expression that reveals who they are. To make a dramatic portrait, use black paper. Exaggerate facial features that are the most definitive by enlarging them and making them more colorful. Fill in all areas of the portrait with color. Blend colors with a fingertip. Students fill any open spaces with objects associated with their strengths and talents.
  • Standards

    LA: Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiples avenues of exploration.

    LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

    LA: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

    LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

    LA: Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen details; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.

    VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of experiences and ideas.

    VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of ideas.

  • Adaptations

    Students make a collage of personal interests and skills and have this collage accompany their self portrait.

    As a whole class, compose a list of interview questions to use when preparing to create a portrait of a team member. Working in teams of two, students interview their teammates and create a portrait. Compare and contrast the interview portrait with self-portraits. Is there anything that a partner's portrait reveals about you that you did not?

    Ask each students to trace an outline of his hand on paper. In each hand, use Crayola Oil Pastels to draw favorite activities or skills. Cut out the hands and display them on a classroom bulletin board.


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