ALEX Learning Activity


I Like Myself Self-Portrait and Writing Activity

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  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Leann Bryan
System:Calhoun County
School:Calhoun County Board Of Education
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 2214
I Like Myself Self-Portrait and Writing Activity
Digital Tool/Resource:
I Like Myself Self-Portrait and Writing Worksheet
Web Address – URL:

Students will demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing when they write a paragraph about themselves. Students will practice self-respect by identifying characteristics they like about themselves.

This activity was created as a result of the ALEX Resource Development Summit.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
Character Education
CE (1995)
Grade: K-12
9 ) Self-respect

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 1
37 ) Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking. [L.1.1]

a. Print all uppercase and lowercase letters. [L.1.1a]

b. Use common, proper, and possessive nouns. [L.1.1b]

c. Use singular and plural nouns with matching verbs in basic sentences (e.g., He hops; We hop). [L.1.1c]

d. Use personal, possessive, and indefinite pronouns (e.g., I, me, my; they, them, their; anyone, everything). [L.1.1d]

e. Use verbs to convey a sense of past, present, and future (e.g., Yesterday I walked home; Today I walk home; Tomorrow I will walk home). [L.1.1e]

f. Use frequently occurring adjectives. [L.1.1f]

g. Use frequently occurring conjunctions (e.g., and, but, or, so, because). [L.1.1g]

h. Use determiners (e.g., articles, demonstratives). [L.1.1h]

i. Use frequently occurring prepositions (e.g., during, beyond, toward). [L.1.1i]

j. Produce and expand complete simple and compound declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory sentences in response to prompts. [L.1.1j]

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.1.37- Demonstrate standard English grammar when writing or speaking.
ELA.AAS.1.37a- Print all uppercase and lowercase letters when writing or speaking.
ELA.AAS.1.37c- Use frequently occurring nouns and verbs when writing or speaking.
ELA.AAS.1.37f- Use adjectives when writing or speaking.
ELA.AAS.1.37g- Use the conjunctions and or when writing or speaking.

Learning Objectives:

Students will use personal pronouns, frequently occurring adjectives and conjunctions in their writing.

Students will practice self-respect by listing things they like about themselves. 

  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  

During: Students will color their own self-portrait on the worksheet provided below. After coloring their self-portrait, they will write a paragraph about themselves using the sentence starter: “I like myself because ________.” Students should elaborate on all the reasons they like themselves using first-person pronouns, adjectives, and conjunctions. It is important that students write in the first-person point of view. 


"I Like Myself" worksheet:

Assessment Strategies:

The teacher will evaluate the students' writings to ensure they reflect an understanding of the common conventions of Standard English grammar specifically related to their usage of personal pronouns, adjectives, and conjunctions. The teacher will also evaluate the self-portrait and the content of the students' writing to ensure they reflect a practice of self-respect.  

Advanced Preparation:

Students must be familiar with the children’s book “I Like Myself” by Karen Beaumont. If you do not have access to "I Like Myself," here is a read-aloud available on Youtube. (less than 5 minutes).

The teacher should review personal pronouns, adjectives, and conjunctions.

Variation Tips (optional):

Depending on the ability of your learners, you could add requirements for writing a particular amount of sentences. You could differentiate your grammar requirements based on the ability of your learners.

Notes or Recommendations (optional):

There is an "After" activity to accompany this "During" activity available on ALEX.  

  Keywords and Search Tags  
Keywords and Search Tags: adjectives, conjunctions, personal pronouns, selfrespect, writing