MY STORY BOX – Personal History, Colour, Texture

Students create a box and decorate it in a personal way. Over time they use mixed media techniques to create numerous story cards to illustrate and record stories about their personal histories that they store in their boxes.

Required Time

120 Minutes

Grade Level

Grade 1 to Grade 8

Subject

Language Arts
Mathematics
Social Studies
Visual Arts

Vocabulary

colour mixed media pattern texture

Materials

Crayola Markers Crayola Permanent Markers Crayola Coloured Pencils Crayola Glue Sticks Crayola Scissors Crayola Paints Card Stock Paper - 21.6 cm x 27.9 cm (8.5" x 11") - 2 pieces per student Rulers Aluminum Foil Tape Masking Tape Magazines

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Steps

MY STORY BOX – Personal History, Colour, Texture - Step One

Step One

  1. Follow the instructions to create the box top using a piece of 21.6 cm x 27.9 cm piece of cardstock paper. (Downloads - LargeBox.pdf)
  2. Do not glue it together.
MY STORY BOX – Personal History, Colour, Texture - Step Two

Step Two

  1. Create a personal design for your box.
  2. Use different media.
  3. Use symbols and colours that represent you in some way.
MY STORY BOX – Personal History, Colour, Texture - Step Three

Step Three

  1. Colour the box top.
  2. Leave the 4 corners blank – they will be folded inside.
MY STORY BOX – Personal History, Colour, Texture - Step Four

Step Four

  1. Follow the instructions to glue the box top together.
  2. Make the bottom of the box using the 20.9 cm x 27.3 cm piece of cardstock paper.
  3. Use the box to store your stories of special things you experience and remember.
  4. Your stories tell your personal history. 
MY STORY BOX – Personal History, Colour, Texture - Step Five

Step Five

STORY CARDS
Make a card for each story. Keep adding to your collection.

  1. Use a piece of 10 cm x 13 cm cardstock paper to make a story card.
  2. Combine different media to make your picture - things such as coloured pencils, markers, magazine pictures, paints.
  3. Let the image remind you of the details in your story.
  4. Write the storytelling prompts on the back of the story card.
    - beginning sentence, e.g., I remember a time when my father surprised me. It was a bright and sunny day.
    - points, in order for each big part of the story, e.g.,
      • winding road
      • new car
      • stop for gas
      • stop for snacks
      • stop 
    for worms
    - ending sentence, e.g., And that's how I managed to catch the biggest fish of the season.

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

  • create a box and decorate it in a personal way;
  • use mixed media techniques to create a story card that represents a personal story;
  • map their story and write the prompts on the back of the story card;
  • tell their story in a small storytelling circle;
  • demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity.

Extensions

Have students:

  • work together to organize a storytelling event;
  • create posters to promote the storytelling event;
  • learn enough stories to be able to tell two each;
  • invite others to the event;
  • video the event as it is taking place.

Prepare

  1. Download and display the Texture and Colour posters available on this website.
  2. Download and copy the box instructions enough for groups of students to share a copy. (Downloads - LargeBox.pdf)
  3. Provide time for students to experiment with mixed media techniques using the Exploring Aluminum Foil TapeTexture Techniquesand Photo Transfer Box lesson plans available on this website.
  4. Prior to this lesson introduce storytelling and provide time for students to learn and tell stories to each other.
  5. Teach/review how to find their story.
    Moments that are important for some special reason, e.g.,
    - something didn't work out - you were doing something you are usually good at and suddenly everything went wrong
    - you felt afraid
    - a 'first'
    - a hero who made a difference in your life
    - something embarrassing that happened 
    - someone surprised you
  6. Provide time for students to map their story.
    - start at the end and work backwards
    - what happened right before that, and so on
    - the map shows the big things and when they happened
  7. Have students write the beginning and ending sentences of their story, e.g., I remember a time when my father surprised me. It was a bright and sunny day./ And that's how I ended up catching the biggest fish of the season.
  8. Make a sample box and one story card. Practice telling your story.

Introduction

  1. View and discuss your sample story box focussing on the decorative details and how they relate to you.
  2. Show the story card and explain how it helps you remember a personal story, then tell your story.
  3. Introduce the challenge.

Activities

The Challenge

  1. Create a box and decorate it in a personal way.
  2. Use mixed media techniques to create a story card that represents a personal story. 
  3. Map your story and write the prompts on the back of your story card.
  4. Tell your story in a small storytelling circle.
  5. Demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity.

The Process

  1. Make sure everyone understands the challenge.
  2. Establish success criteria with your students, for example,
    I know I am successful when I have:
    - used colour combinations that I enjoy
    - created a box design that reflects who I am
    - used mixed media techniques
    - created a story card that represents a personal event
    - created a box that is sturdy and well made
    - shared my story with others
  3. Guide students through the steps outlined in this lesson plan.
  4. Observe students as they work. 
  5. Provide individual assistance and encouragement.

Sharing

  1. Place students into small groups. 
  2. Ask them to share their boxes and explain their designs
  3. Once they have discussed the boxes ask students to take turns showing their story card and telling their story.
  4. Share how they felt about doing this project with the whole class.

Assessment

  1. Observe students as they work – thoughtful focus, discriminating, seeking more information, elaborating, experimenting.
  2. Observe students as they discuss their box designs – speaks with a clear voice, looks at audience while speaking, holds box to the side, provides accurate information, answers questions from the audience effectively.
  3. Observe students as they listen – looks at presenter, asks effective questions, supports ideas with evidence found in the design.
  4. Use a checklist to track progress. (Downloads - StoryBox_tracking.pdf)
  5. Have students write a reflection that includes things such as:
    - How they decided what to include in their box design
    - What they like best about their box.
    - What the design says about them.
    - How they feel about the finished work, and why.
    - How they decided on their story.
    - How they feel about storytelling and why.