We spent a day in the computer lab looking for 2 items. First was an animal from countries where the student's ancestors were from. These land, sea, or even insects were to have some characteristics that student felt aligned with their own personality in some way. (wise owl, quiet sloth, fast falcon..) The second item was a symbol for their culture that could be repeated as a background but I asked students to avoid flags knowing those would translate poorly into our project. Some helpful search terms were: Symbols of ____, National flower of ____, Heraldry of ____, Icons of ____, etc. Sometimes a pattern could be found, like clover for Ireland, but other times students put their image into a Google Doc and repeated it.
In the last image below, you can see how I kept all the printing plates neat and organized. This was very helpful in passing out work daily.
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