Autobiographical Portfolio DUE: Tuesday, September 2nd (Two weeks) A portfolio is a collection of writings and drawings that represent something of value. You’re to create a portfolio in a way that best represents who you are to readers who may or may not know you. You have a number of options to choose from when creating this portfolio and each of these options carry points. The options you choose must add up to at least 1000 points in order for your portfolio to be considered complete. Here is a quick list of the choices you have: Projects worth Projects worth Projects worth 50 points 100 points 200 points Vital Information The Story of My Name Life Map My Hotlist Photographic Essay Memoir What I Like to Do My People Collection of Original Travelogue My Heritage Art, Poetry, or Lyrics Recipe Changes Talent, Hobby, or List of Moments Family Tree Interest Magazine Article Self Portrait Bio Poem Interview Family Portrait Personality Collage Room Map Pet Story Personality Collage Bio Poem You can find these projects, along with samples and helpful links, on our website: MyLanguageArtsClass.org 50 POINTS EACH Vital Information List as least 20 important facts about yourself. Draw a frame around the list. Some vital facts to begin with might be date of birth, height, age, eye color, etc. My Hot List List your favorites in music, television, movies, sports, and whatever other areas you can think of. You must have at least 40 items listed under various topics. Illustrate a few of the items on the list. What I Like To Do Make a list of 10 things you’d love to do all the time, if you could 10 things you sometimes like to do 10 things you never like to do Be creative with how you present it, using a graphic organizer or with illustrations. Jazz it up a bit. Travelogue Compile at least 4 photos or drawings of places you’ve visited in your lifetime. Add captions that tell about the pictures. I’ll copy photographs for you to use, if necessary. Recipe Choose at least 5 adjectives that describe you and use them to put together a recipe that represents who you are. Be honest and creative. Some cooking verbs you can use: pour, knead, chop, dice, cover and let stand, sift, blend, spread, marinate, trim, dissolve, shred, mince, sauté, broil, let simmer, deep fry, strain, serve, fold, beat, mix, stir, drain, rinse, melt, swirl. Some measurements you can use: a dash of, sprinkle, pound, cup, teaspoon, tablespoon, quart, pint, splash, pinch, ounce, handful, gallon, a drop of List of Moments Choose 5 of the following lists to create, using complete sentences for each moment (a total of 20 moments): 4 of your happiest moments 4 of your saddest moments 4 of your most embarrassing moments 4 of your scariest moments 4 of your proudest moments 4 of your most confused moments 4 of your angriest moments Self-Portrait Create a picture of yourself using materials of your choice. If the picture is colored, be sure not to leave any “empty space” (space uncolored). Be creative by designing a frame around it, if you wish. Use the entire page. Family and Home Portrait Create a color portrait of your family and make the setting somewhere in or around your home. Include any pets. Make sure there’s no space left uncolored and surround it with a frame of your design. Room Map Draw a full-page, colorful map of your room, with labels. Pet Story Create a list of all the pets you’ve ever had. Write about your pets OR just one special pet. Include at least one very special memory you want to hold forever of a pet you had or still have. Personality Collage Using symbols, cut pictures or graphics from magazines, drawings of your own, or computer images to design a collage that represent your personality. There should be at least 6 items in the collage and there must be one quote that represents your attitude about life. BioPoem Complete the BioPoem below, rewrite the entire piece in your own handwriting and illustrate it using materials of your choice (colored pencils, collage, etc.). Be sure not to leave a lot of empty space. 1st line- (Full name) 2nd line- Who comes from __________________ 3rd line- (Four words or phrases that best describe you Below, choose one or more words or phrases for each line: th 4 line- Lover of ____________________________________ 5th line- Who was taught to ____________________________________ 6th line- Believer of ____________________________________ 7th line- Who always ____________________________________ 8th line- and knows ____________________________________ 9th line- Who appreciates ____________________________________ 10th line- and loves ____________________________________ 11th line- and who fears ____________________________________ 12th line- Who remembers ____________________________________ 13th line- and wants to see ____________________________________ 14th line- Who can ____________________________________ 15th line- and who will one day ___________________________________ 100 POINTS EACH The Story of My Name Interview your parents to find out how they chose your name. If you were named after someone, tell about that person? What nicknames did you get and how did you get them? Do you like your name? Why, or why not? If you could choose another name, would you, and what would it be? Don’t write this as though you’re answering questions. Instead, write it as though you were telling the story of your name. For the heading, draw your name out in an artistic way and decorate it. Photographic Essay Compile at least 8 photographs that illustrate who you are and what you value. These photographs must have been taken by YOU. Include a caption for each photograph that tells about the picture. Give the pictures to me and I’ll make black and white photocopies of them for you to use so you don’t have to use real photos in the book. My People Describe at least 4 people who are most important to you, giving them each one paragraph. Who are they, and why are they important to you? You can include pictures (I’ll copy photographs for you or you can draw them), or tell about special memories you have that you want to keep forever. It’s up to you. My Heritage Describe your heritage, relating customs, special foods, celebrations, and anything else you value as part of that custom. This should be at least 3 paragraphs long. Changes Describe at least three ways in which you’d like to change or grow over the next 10 years. Each one should be at least one paragraph. How do you want to change and why? Why is this change important to you and what do you plan to do, over time, to make those changes? Don’t write this as though you were answering the questions. Organize your thoughts and craft it into a personal essay. Family Tree Interview your family members to see how far back in time you can go when charting your ancestry. Create a visual that represents your lineage (who’s related to who and how). Include birth and death dates and a brief description of what made each person interesting, if possible. Include any photos you may have (I’ll copy them for use in this project). If you can’t go further than your grandparents, it might be best to choose another option, although I can give you 5 points for ancestry leading up to your grandfolks. 200 POINTS EACH Life Map Choose 8 of the most important events in your life, illustrate them and write at least one paragraph that tells about each picture, including the year of the event. Design this in any way you like, using any materials available, but the pictures should be placed in chronological order. Drawings must be colored, leaving no uncolored spaces. You may only use an idea once, so if you use a birthday, choose your favorite and be sure to tell why it was your favorite. Memoir A memoir is a piece of descriptive writing that tells about a true memory- a window into a very small but important moment in your life. The art of memoir-writing is about using words to paint a movie in the mind of your reader. Choose a memory to write about that is special to you- one that relates to the reader what you value or what you’ve experienced in your life. The memoir should be at least a full page, typed and single-spaced. Create an appropriate title. Collection of Original Art, Poetry or Lyrics If you’re an artist, poet or songwriter, you may include at least 4 pieces in a collection of your own original work. It must be typed and presented artistically. Create a title for the collection. Talent, Hobby or Interest “Magazine” Article Do you have a passion for ballet, rainforests or film-making? Is there a subject you just can’t get enough of? Here’s your chance to write an article about the one thing you care about and know a lot about. Write it in a way that communicates your passion for the topic and gets others excited and curious about it. Include graphics. This should be at least two pages with at least two graphics. Create a title that piques the reader’s interest. Interview Interview someone who has known you your whole life. Ask them about some memories they have of you before age 7. Record the conversation and then transcribe it (type it word for word) from the recording. This should be at least a page long with perhaps a photograph of you at a very young age. I’ll copy the photograph for you to use. Create an appropriate title and make sure you’ve identified the person you interview and how they’re related to you. PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS HOW IT’S ORGANIZED: Cover: Decorate as you wish. Be sure to include your full name. Table of Contents: Each option you choose should be a separate page, List the titles of each page and the pages on which they fall. You may illustrate the titles, if you wish. Your Choices: These must add up to at least 1000 points, in no particular order. WRITING GUIDELINES: Text must be typed and single-spaced, unless it’s part of an artistic piece. Main text should be in size 12 font, using Times New Roman, Ariel, or Comic Sans Titles can be in any font style although it must be in size 24. LONG-TERM PLANNING SUGGESTION: This project lasts 14 days. It would make sense to complete at least 100 points worth of projects per day with time left over for last-minute detail.
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