Photography Teacher Resources
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Painting versus Photography
Students consider the nature of objectivity and subjectivity in photography as an art form by taking a class poll, discussing the results and writing a one-page paper.
Focus on the Art of Photography with Photography Lesson Plans
Students explore the world around them through the lens of a camera with these photography lesson plans.
The History of Photography
By discussing the history of photography, students can learn about this art and its importance in recording major events.
End of the Year Photography Project
An end of the year photography project can be a great way to produce a class photo album.
Photography As A Documentary And Expressive Art Form
Sixth graders conduct historical research and consider the importance of photography as a data collection device. In this instructional activity on historical documentation, 6th graders formulate questions regarding historical documents in order to better interpret visual media as a mode for transmitting facets of history. Students will work in groups to discuss and research primary and secondary source documents.
Rural Voices Through Photography
Students research the history of the Depression particularly in the ways it was documented by photography. Then they take their own pictures in the style of one of the best documentarians, Dorothea Lange.
Civil War Photography Lesson Plan
Young scholars explore photographs from the Civil War Era. In this Civil War lesson, students consider how photography impacted public opinion of the war as they analyze the provided photographs and discuss the evolution of early photography.
Photography Merit Badge Workbook
Engage your class in photography with this series of activities! Beginning photographers research and explain elements of photography, camera equipment, and careers in photography. After the research portion, learners complete one of two photography projects: a picture story or a poster based on a chosen theme or topic. While this was originally created for the Boy Scouts of America, these activities could be adapted to meet classroom needs.
What Cameras See That Our Eyes Don't
Cameras are amazing tools that enhance the way we see the world. From capturing time-lapse footage of seeds sprouting or seasons changing, to high-speed photography showing a bullet crashing through its target, cameras allow us to see what our eyes alone do not. This short video can serve as a great introduction to a photography project, or supplement for a science experiment utilizing cameras to document results.
A VIEW FROM THE TOP
Students explore the idea of aerial photography through the story of Amelia the Pigeon. They view an actual aerial photograph of their school or home, and then write a story describing what Amelia would see if she flew over their school or house.
Tell A Migration Story With Photos
Students explore how photography can tell a migration story through the cultural markers it captures. Mission--capture your community with a camera. They are assigned to take pictures that tell the story of your community's cultural heritage and the story of human migration unfolds.
Immigration and Photography: The Case of Lewis Hine
Students are introduced to the characteristics of documentary photography. Individually, they cut out a paper frame and view their classroom through the "lens" and at different angles. After veiwing photographs, they practice identifying the mood and determine what they can about the various experiences from immigration and share them with the class.
Photography and the National Park Service
During the 1800s the United States was expanding westward; land was there for the taking. Kids explore how some early photographers used their photography to influenced the US Congress to save areas like Mirror Lake. They complete a journal reflection, participate in a class discussion, and analyze three photographs from the period.
Writing to Photography/Photography to Writing
Students improve their' writing by incorporating photography into descriptive and narrative writing exercises. They write descriptions of various professional photographic collections. Later they use their own and other classmates'.
What's Wrong With the Oceans? Can Photography Help?
Students research environmental problems facing the world's oceans and think about how the art of photography can help solve these problems, using David Doubilet's photography as an example.
Third graders analyze various photographs. In this photography lesson plan, 3rd graders examine photographs in the Reuben R. Sallows Digital Library.
Photography in the Industrial Work Place - Activity 1
Learners capture the industrial workplace environment through photography in this three day introductory instructional activity provided by Oregon Public Broadcasting. This instructional activity requires a field trip and photography equipment.
Story Telling with Black & White Photography
4th-8th graders will explore Wright Morris' photography and create their own black and white photographs. They will then use the photographs to portray a message they want communicated by writing a narrative telling a story about the object. Note: The fine arts themes and expression in this activity will relate to other artists as well.
Why My Community Matters: Photography & Oral Histories
Kids get out and interview a community member to show why their community is important to them. There are three main components to this lesson, a literary circle/ book club, a photography assignment, and the interview/oral history report. Learners will connect their community to the book they are discussing, take and use photos to describe their community, and interview a community member.
Self and Photography
Eleventh graders, after investigating and studying self, family, friends, etc. by taking pictures of their daily life, assess basic photography skills that reflect aspects of their culture. They review those aspects and write a self-descriptive narration of their work.