I just stumbled onto a great photo project idea that has probably been around for a while. It is similar to the Post Secret Project (but more appropriate). WYDWYD stands for Why You Do What You Do. Students create an image that answers the question "Why do you do what you do?" The project must include images and text together "in a creative and surprising way." The caption on the image can be up to 200 words. Then, the photos can be uploaded to http://wdydwyd.ning.com/photo/photo/new
I did a modified version of the Post Secret project with a high school credit recovery group and got some really shocking results. This could be just as profound and may be easier to adapt to younger groups.
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