This project is designed to accompany the novel, The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963. However, it can also stand alone as a black history month project or a visual arts project. I have included detailed step by step instructions for using Adobe Photoshop to complete the assignment, as well as a finished sample that I created using my own image.
However, if you do not have access to Adobe Photoshop, students can also print out pictures of themselves in black and white, glue their images onto the background of their choice, and then scan or photocopy their final version to create a finished product.
The project is also editable, so you can make it your own. My students LOVED doing this project, and we had great discussions about their final images. I hope you and your students have fun but also allow yourselves to have deep, thought provoking discussions while doing this project.
It is my desire that in the end, students come to realize that the positive actions they said they'd do if they were alive during the 1960s are also positive actions that they can do TODAY and in the FUTURE. Consoling someone, standing up for others, or protesting acts of hate are actions that never go out of style.