How have my stories defined me? How has my neighborhood taken shape over the years? How can we use statistics to understand a community?
Students looked at two key aspects in this project- “Our Communities” and “Our Stories.” Within looking at “Our Stories,” students examined themselves, their lives, and their own personal stories. Through this self-reflection, and reading the novel Bud, Not Buddy, students produced a personal narrative writing highlighting one of the most significant moments of their life. In examining “Our Communities,” students looked at the history of their neighborhood and/or key neighborhood landmarks. Through a partnership with the organization Outside the Lens students learned basic photography and created a final art piece that represented their neighborhood. Students also designed surveys and collected and analyzed data in order to understand our community mathematically
This is a great project to get students connecting as a community of learners. They are eager to share their research about their own neighborhoods and use photography to be creative with representing their neighborhood too!
I was surprised to learn about the history of my neighborhood. Sometimes you don’t think about where you live but it was interesting to see what the past was like. I couldn’t believe that my photograph was hung in an art gallery!