Secondary students create a powerful multimodal anthology in the style of a contemporary handwritten journal. The finished project is a collection of personal writing, drawings, and photographic self-portraits that deal with topics directly related to the lives of the students, such as school life, friendship and self-identity.
Teacher, Andrew Adams' main goal in creating this project was to give his students a way to express their hopes, dreams, and experiences. The published anthology validated those experiences in a very powerful way.
Provide examples of multimedia journals such as "Spilling Open" by Sabrina Ward Harrison for your students to explore and discuss.
Google the words "Spilling Open journaling ideas” and click on images. You will find many examples of this kind of journal. The focus here is looking at the way these kinds of texts are put together and how authors can craft personal writing to make it powerful for their readers.
In pairs, or small groups, students discuss questions such as the following:
Provide students with their own writer’s notebook to personalize e.g. with quotes, drawings, photos, personal writing, poetry, Quickwrites, etc.
Encourage students to try out many different ways to express their thoughts, feelings, and understandings about the things in their own lives that might be worth writing about.
During this phase of the project the students:
You can find information for working on the photography part of the project here.
Once the written text is ready for publication, the students have to put the different elements together to resemble a page in a journal. They create a rough draft of their page layout (photo, text and drawings), using the following guidelines:
Once students are satisfied with their mock up of their page, they create their final draft on good paper. (Note: At Laurenhill, both rough and final drafts were hand-written on lined-paper, in order for the book to resemble a journal. Individual teachers might decide on a different format.)
Choose an editing team to take responsibility for the compilation of the book.
Roles and responsibilities for the editing team can include:
Once the class book has been edited and formatted by the editing team, it goes to print. Celebrate the successful completion of the project, e.g. a book launch.