Journal Activity 1: KWL Chart

In your process journal, create the following KWL chart to reflect on your understanding of the project. Begin by completing the first two columns based on your prior knowledge about the Personal Project.

What I WANT to know

Next, review the material on the , then complete the third column with what you learned.

Journal Activity 2: Reviewing the Global Contexts

As you decide on what your Personal Project will be, you must identify one of the global contexts in order to explain why your project matters. It will also provide a context for inquiry and research for the project.


You may want to consider the following questions as you choose a global context through which to focus your project.

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Review the following Global Contexts and complete the activity below for this section.

Examples of a topic viewed through the Global Context.
Topic – Rap as a music Genre
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More examples of Global Contexts!

Journal Activity #2: Reviewing the Global Contexts

Once you've reviewed the Global Contexts and looked at various examples, complete the table from Journal Activity#1 in your Process Journal.

Journal Activity 3: Brainstorming
Start brainstorming on the following topics in your process journal. Write at least 5 ideas or questions around each topic.
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The following web 2.0 tools can be used to help you start brainstorming on these topics:

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Decide on at least 3 topics that interest you, and answer the following questions about each topic in your process journal:

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Journal Activity #3: Brainstorming

Journal Activity 4:Career Clusters Survey

This survey may give you some ideas for your project as well.

Journal Activity #4: Career Clusters Survey

Journal Activity 5: Sharing your Thoughts
Review your list of topics, and the topics listed below.
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Write down 3 topics that you're thinking about and reflect on the questions below in your process journal:

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Interview at least 2 partners about his/her topics, using the same questions:

Journal Activity #5: Sharing your thoughts

Journal Activity 6: Choosing a Product
Review all your previous brainstorms and journal entries. Fill in the chart below in your process journal to help you further define your possible project:
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Journal Activity #6: Choosing a Product

Journal Activity 7: Checking in
It’s time to update your Design teacher about your progress with your personal project

Write a letter in your process journal to your design teacher answering the following questions:

  1. What is your topic?
  2. What helped you decide on your topic? (brainstorming, interest inventory, writing prompts, prior interest, etc.)
  3. List at least 10 questions you have about this topic? It may help to start with questions stems like Who…, What…, Where…,etc.)
  4. What is your chosen Global Context? Explain why this is the most appropriate one.
  5. What form will your Personal Project take? How is this form the best way to get your project’s message across?
  6. What else is on your mind? What questions do you have? What are you wondering about?
  7. How can I help you?

Journal Activity #7: Checking in Letter

Journal Activity 8: Defining your Goal

At the beginning of the process you should:

  • identify a goal, based on areas or topics of your personal interest
  • develop a goal that you can accomplish- should be achievable based on the time and resources available
  • the goal should challenge your knowledge, skills or techniques

Review the information on defining a highly challenging goal

Journal Activity #8: Defining a Goal

Submit goal statement on this form

Journal Activity 9: Topic Proposal
Before moving on to phase 2:
  1. Submit the topic proposal online at
  2. Submit your project proposal in Managebac