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December 10, 2015


Highlighting American Cultures

Students in Mr. Mattia’s American Cultures class are hard at work uncovering their family history as part of their culminating “MyStory” project.  Students will tell the story of their people, family, and self through a medium of their choosing, including the option for written work, a video presentation, or a picture montage. 

Student projects include four required elements to help tell their story: a coat of arms, timelines, a map, and artifacts. Their coat of arms are visual representations of their family. In order to choose appropriate symbols, drawings, design elements and mottos, students researched heraldry, discovering that every symbol and color has a unique meaning. Using an online generator, students will also be completing timelines that include significant historical events of their people/family/self. Events will be compiled chronologically and include a description of the event’s significance. For their map, students can choose between two options: creating a map of their neighborhood with noteworthy landmarks, or a map designed to illustrate locations remarkable to their family’s story. Students will unveil their work during a family night at the end of the semester. Stay tuned for specific information from Mr. Mattia!


For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.