Your personal odyssey project


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Your personal odyssey project

  1. 1. Your Personal Odyssey ProjectThis project is designed to help you to creatively illustrate your life’s journeyup to this point. If done thoughtfully, the end result will be something you willwant to keep for years and years—perhaps even so that you might share it withyour own children one day. Do your best!Step 1: Answer the questions on theaccompanying handout. Be honest, butpolitically correct (you know what thatmeans„).Don’t get all bogged down if you can’t think ofanything at first. Ask your friends and family—those who know you best— help you think of toexamples for each category.Step 2: Place each story in order as it hasoccurred in your life. Some stories (like theone called for in “Singing Your Praises”) can goanywhere, but most of them can be lined upchronologically.Step 3: Label the category boxes on the 3-pagetimeline provided. (Obviously, you will start with“The Journey Begins” to tell about yourbirthdate and any of the stories you know aboutthe day you were born.) Below each box,estimate the year, or the age you were whenthese things occurred.Step 4: Complete a “Map to Organization” graphicorganizer for each one of your stories. Seethe diagram on the back of these instructionsfor suggestions for each category on the
  2. 2. graphic organizer. You will have 15 (yes, fifteen)when you are done.Step 5: Locate pictures or artifacts that youcan use to enhance each element of your story.If you have no pictures, you are welcome todraw or sketch things that will make your storyappear more interesting.CONGRATULATIONS! All of the above counts as 1 summative (test) grade.However, you are only 75% complete! At this point, Ms. B. needs to review yourwork. When it is returned to you, you can then put it in its final form.Step 5: The final project. Remember, thisproject represents your journey. Thepresentation of this journey can be in one ofthe following forms: A. A poster or set of posters that include each part of your journey in a linear fashion (timeline with the stories indicated on it). B. A hand-made scrapbook/journal with each of your stories on a different page. (See examples from Ms. Blankenship.) C. A computer Powerpoint or Prezi show. Note, this will have to be completed outside of the classroom, but can be accepted via email, flash drive, or CD. D. A personal web page. Each element must be properly identified.Remember, this is ultimately a WRITING project. The creative element isimportant, but it should not supersede your WRITING.
  3. 3. Here are suggestions for howto complete the graphicorganizers for each elementof your odyssey. Thisbecomes the backbone of thestory, but does NOTconstitute the final project!Once you have done this, youshould have a good idea ofwhat each part of your storywill look and sound like.