Unit Plan

Picturing a Story: Photo Essay about a Community, Event or Issue

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  • Picture this. Class members follow in the footsteps of W. Eugene Smith, Dorothea Lange, James Nachtwey, and Lewis Hine by creating their own photo essay about a local event or issue.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Arrange to have the in the school library and/or in the community center
Classroom Considerations
  • Best suited to photography classes
  • Requires access to cameras, photo supplies, and a darkroom
  • While designed for photography classes, the activity is appropriate for any course and can be easily tailored to the technology available at your school
  • The resource includes a detailed materials list, a step-by-step plan, and links Dorothea Lange's photographs
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