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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.
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.
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.
Sixth graders conduct historical research and consider the importance of photography as a data collection device. In this lesson on historical documentation, 6th graders formulate questions regarding historical documents in order to better interpret visual media as a mode for transmitting facets of history.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.
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.
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.
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.