I used Wendy Ewald’s beautiful book, The Best Part of Me, to inspire my Cycle 1 students. I wanted to create an integrated project that would tie together visual and print literacy. I decided to have my students create a class book using their own photography and writing. Barbara Kurtzman
Since students will be combining photograpy and print in this project, it is important that they have the opportunity to view model texts similar to the ones they are being asked to produce. You can find many examples online by entering "The Best Part of Me" into Google or other search engine, and clicking on images.
Key Questions for exploration of photos
During the planning stage of the process the students:
The purpose of the storyboard is to help the student make decisions before the actual photo shoot and to provide information for the student-photographer. It makes the actual time spent on taking the photos much shorter.
During production students:
At this stage, students:
Assemble the final class book.
Print copies or create a slideshow or podcast in order to celebrate the final product.
I created a slideshow of the finished book which was narrated by one of the students. This is a great example of the power of voice. You can hear each child’s personality through their words. Barbara Kurtzman