Fun, creative project to culminate the unit. My students love this project because it is all about them. They create a self-portrait in 5 parts, a facade, a soul, an anthem, which includes song lyric annotation, an original free-verse poem, and a 400 word essay for which they write their own essay prompts. Notes to the teacher for assigning and grading, as well as evaluation forms for grading, are included.
I recommend this project for honors and AP students. It is a great way for them to show significant understanding of theme, motif, symbolism, metaphor, and other language devices as they become the writers and artists, the rulers, of their own domain, much like Dorian Gray himself before he meets his end. The difference here is that students are drawing upon their strengths to identify their weaknesses in an effort to improve, conquer, succeed, and their intentions are truly beautiful. They understand this difficult novel through completing this project because they come to learn more about the true significance of heart, courage, and beauty. They come to understand Gray's misery and his illness, and they also come to understand Wilde's themes regarding art, beauty, desperation, and misguided purpose.