Eleventh grade students at High Tech High Media Arts school in San Diego California are the authors of this book: Iconic: The Black and White of Our Heroes & Heroines. To create this collection of essays each student reflected on their personal relationship with their chosen icon. The students’ selections include a broad range of categories such as art and cultural icons, family members, historical figures, humanitarians, fictional characters and athletes. The students paired their essays with black and white photographic self-portraits.
Students worked on this project in their HTHMA Publications class. Students in this class use professional writing, editing and publishing methods to generate a variety of publications for local, national and international audiences.
This book was printed as a paperback using blurb.com. You can purchase copies at hightechhigh.org/projects.
How This Project Can Be Useful
- Students’ writing retains their own voice and reflects their age. Icons range from Dr. Seuss to Jonas Salk, creator of the polio vaccine.
- The use of photographic self-portraits adds dimension to the students’ writing.
- A nice example of students creating all aspects of a project, from writing the essays to designing the layout and selecting the fonts for the book.
- The finished project is high quality work; the format is cohesive and professional and the level of writing is high.
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