To kick-start our ELA class this year we asked our students to write
about five things they thought we should know about them. We then asked
them to take five different selfies that illustrate these five things.
Some of the images captured were of students in their favorite
locations, with a beloved pet or family member, or holding an object to
represent their favorite hobby. We started the lesson by reading an
informational text about the history of the selfie as part of a
discussion about the things that skilled readers before, during, and
after reading. Did you know that one of the first selfie's taken by a
teenager was in 1914? Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna, at the age of
13, used the Kodak Brownie Box and a mirror to catch this image. The
very first known selfie, however, was taken in 1839 by Robert Cornelius,
an American pioneer in photography. Those large clunky, cameras have
now been replaced by the cell phone, so a selfie is a simple button push
away! Grab your phone, a friend, or a favorite object and start
snapping photos! Don't forget - you need to be in the photo too!