Micrography Project

Third and fourth graders have been exploring the idea of identity as it relates to social and personal identities. Students asked themselves: Who am I? How do I define myself? How do others see me? How do I see others? Their micrography portraits merge their words with self-portraits to showcase the convergence of social and personal identities.

By Andrew Rutledge grade 3/4 teacher


Students talked about a variety of identities under the headings of social and personal identity.

Social identity can include things like age, race, gender, sexuality and religion. Personal identity includes things like favorite foods or places, skills, personality and family.

Students recognized that all of these identities are important and that one, or a few identities cannot define us. It takes the whole special recipe. 

These portraits were created after several months of reading, discussing, and writing about the topic.

Students collected a list of at least 40 words that described pieces of their identity. They then posed for portraits and traced the contour lines of their faces onto a piece of paper. Next they wrote their words over the lines and inked the words. Finally, they erased all the lines and pencil words to create what you see here. 

What are the important words you would put in your portraits?

What do you have in common with each of these children?  

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