Altered Self

Dublin Core


Altered Self




This lesson has been developed for students in 5th-8th grade. During this lesson learners will discuss the history of altered books and its elements and purpose. They will examine various examples of altered books and discuss its elements as a visual and text. Students will create at least one page in the round robin class altered book to illustrate their inner self using at least one technique shown in class. Afterwards, they will write a journal entry about your experience with the altered book during their turn and open up about your alienated self.


Sara McGregor


Handheld Art


Columbia Museum of Art


Handheld Art

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2 classes


Standard 1: The student will demonstrate competence in the use of ideas, materials, techniques, and processes in the creation of works of visual art.
VA5-1.3 Use a variety of materials, techniques, and processes to create artworks.
VA5-1.5 Use all art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner.

Standard 4: The student will understand the visual arts in relation to history and world cultures and the technologies, tools, and materials used by artists.
VA5-4.1 Identify specific artworks and styles as belonging to particular artists, cultures, periods, and places.
VA5-4.2 Write an analysis of the ways in which his or her artwork was influenced by another artist and conduct research on that artist to support his or her analysis.

Standard 5: The student will analyze and assess the characteristics and qualities of his or her own works of visual art and those of others.
VA5-5.1 Identify and discuss purposes for the creation of works of visual art.
VA5-5.2 Describe, discuss, and evaluate, both orally and in writing, the different qualities and characteristics of his or her own artworks and those of others, including works by South Carolina artists.

Standard 6: The student will make connections between the visual arts and other arts disciplines, other content areas, and the world.
VA5-6.1 Identify connections between the visual arts and content areas across the curriculum.
VA5-6.3 Practice the usage of aesthetic terminology when discussing other areas of learning.
VA5-6.4 Discuss and write about the ways that skills from another area of the curriculum might be used in the visual arts.

Integrated Standards:
Language Arts
Standard 5-5 The student will write for a variety of purposes and audiences.
5-5.3 Create written descriptions using precise language and vivid details.
5-5.4 Create written pieces (for example, picture books, comic books, and graphic novels) to entertain a specific audience.


1. An individual’s self-image, self-esteem, and self-worth can be affected by alienation.
2. Physical and psychological isolation can impact an individual.
3. Individuals and groups with common values can feel alienated in their own environment.


• Calendar
• Examples of altered book techniques
• Old textbook for altering
• Paper for short answer quiz
• Sign up sheet

Optional Extension:
• Old textbook for each student (ask local library for donations)
• Written description and inspirational quote for inside of each textbook

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