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I'm Mrs. P and I am a student engagement enthusiast! So when I finished introducing this creative mini project to my students a few weeks back, I was thrilled to look up and see a light had come on in my students' eyes. When I said "go find your partner and get started," the words were barely out of my mouth before my students were sitting next to their friends, camera phones out, and planning their photo collages. I can't wait for you to see your students come alive as they take a stance on consumerism and meet the challenge of communicating their stance through their own pictures.
This engaging project will have your students learning about consumerism and critically thinking about how it shows up in their daily lives. Once they've defined consumerism and brainstormed the positive and negative effects, your students will take a stance on whether consumerism is good or bad for society and the economy. They will take their own pictures and create their own digital collages to demonstrate their stance. Students will enjoy capturing photos of their ideas while thinking critically about the world around them.
Due to the nature of this project, I give this assignment as homework once we've brainstormed consumerism and read the directions in class. That way they can take pictures as they see examples of consumerism in their daily lives (or they can stage photos using props/other people). Then, I can display their submitted collages to the class so that the entire class can see one another's work. I also use this as a partner project, but it can be easily modified to become an individual project as well.
-Student Consumerism Brainstorm Worksheet & Collage Directions (Editable Word & PDF Versions Included)
-Simple Rubric for Assessing Student Collage
-Students need access to cameras (phone cameras work fine)
-Students need access to computers to create the collage
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