As part of a unit about stories that involved hidden identities, Alyson Thiem’s 10th-grade English students created artistic and symbolic masks reflecting the different roles they take on in their daily lives.
“The unit focused on the idea that we all don roles, or ‘masks’ as we approach our various tasks in life,” Thiem said. “The creation of the masks allowed the students to think about what aspects of their personalities are emphasized when they engage in a particular activity.”
Students wrote essays and sonnets describing their many roles.
“We were also able to look at how these types of universal human characteristics sometimes allow a piece of literature to be relevant, even if it is very old or comes from a different culture,” Thiem said.
The project was made possible through a grant from the Northwestern Community Educational Foundation.