Lesson Plan Details


The Selfie Project- A Community Building Project- Digital and Paper/Pencil

Get to know your students' interests and skills while building community in your classroom with this first-week digital activity for ELA students. Included are fillable Word forms and a Google Slides link.

Students create a composition about themselves on the platform of their choice and share it with others in the class. Required elements are the use of 8 literary terms from a list of 12, and 2 images that connect to the students' lives.

Based on the students' choices of images, literary terms, and other content information, teachers will quickly know their students and be able to differentiate for them based on their interests, and skill levels.

Teachers roam, offer suggestions and watch students interact with each other as they compose and later share and offer peer feedback. Class leaders, effective groups and personality types quickly emerge with this short project. The potential for extra points also reveals which students enter the class with strong motivation.

The holistic grading scale included makes teacher assessment a snap. A peer feedback scale is also included.

Create a Selfie of your own to model writing and become part of your own classroom learning community from the very first week. Included are three samples for inspiration.

Category: ELA → Writing
Price: $3.50

This lesson plan costs $3.50

About the Teacher


Barbara Miller

I have taught English/Language Arts for over twenty years to remedial through gifted students from 7th to 12th grade, AP/dual credit university courses in three corporations and at one university. During my career, I have supervised and taught several student teachers and numerous pre-service teachers. Project Based Learning and choices that fit or extend learning styles and intelligences make my classroom activities engaging for students and filled with opportunities for academic growth. Many teacher professional development programs have supported my work. I hold an M.A. in Education and an Indiana High Ability Teaching License, am a Teacher Consultant for Indiana Writing Project, and have participated in many educator programs sponsored by the Lilly Endowment, National Consortium for the Teaching of Asia, National Endowment for the Humanities, US Department of State, Korea Academy for Educators, and Toyota International Teachers, among others. Additionally, I have been awarded many grants for classroom and school-wide projects, ranging from hundreds of dollars to $250,000. In addition, I have conducted professional development on writing workshop and differentiation in my own school, at conferences and events, and at schools in Peru and India. I am currently writing about my ancestors who taught Freedmen after the Civil War.


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