Personal identity is a person’s story, their lives, their challenges, their disappointments, their mistakes, and their successes. This theme is well established in S.E. Hinton's novel, The Outsiders.
This 2-step assignment asks students to explore the theme of personal identity and relate the theme to their personal experiences. Students are asked to create an “I Am From…” poem that celebrates them, their family and culture, their personal identity. Their poems sound like them, using the names and language from their home, their family and neighborhood. Students weave these memories into a poem by repeating the phrase “I Am From…”
With the second step, students are asked to make an architectural letter to accompany their poems. One of the definitions of the word “architecture” is “the art and action of building or constructing.” In this assignment, students design and construct a 3-dimensional letter using one of their initials. The surface will be decorated with lines and imagery from their I Am From poems. The expectation is that students will create an original piece of art that is personally meaningful and unique to the student’s identity.