“Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?”
Updated for 2016:
“Strange, isn’t it? Each (wo)man’s life touches so many other lives. When s/he isn’t around s/he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t s/he?”
In the film, It’s A Wonderful Life, we viewed the story of a man seeing how his life affected all those he came in contact with. He was able to see what life would be like for everyone if he had never been born. Likewise, you have an impact on your friends and family; your life has meaning. In class we have discussed being thankful for things in our lives. However, this project is about each one of us personally acknowledging the people who impact our lives in a powerful way. The persons selected should be people you have known for quite some time; parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, sibling, long-term friends, coaches, past teachers, current teachers. They should not be someone you just met such as a new boyfriend/girlfriend. Choose people you have known for several years.
For the “Thank You Project” each student is creating four cards that will be sent through the mail to the person being acknowledged. We are a digital class, I believe it is important to sometimes revisit analogue. The images used on the cards are to be related to and specific to the person that is being acknowledged. An example might be an image that is related to a specific memory.
You are being graded on the quality of the photographs, how they relate to to your person and the memory you are referencing. Additionally, you will be handwriting your thank you note. Details on what to say and suggested prompts will be discussed in class. Each student will present their project to the class during the semester 1 final. Personal notes do not need to be shared, but each student will discuss the people they selected and the gist of what they thank them for.
- Four person specific photographs
- Four hand-written thank you notes
- Four 1st class or “forever” stamps
- Presented in class during semester one final