Using Photographs to Teach Social Justice | Confronting Unjust Laws

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The right to peacefully assembly to protest injustice is a key element of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Class members are asked to analyze two photographs of people confronting what they consider to be unjust laws. Groups consider how the photographers cropped the images to create their powerful images. Pairs then locate two photos that show opposite points of view of the same issue.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Invite a member of the art department or a local photographer to speak with the class about techniques photo artists use to establish a point of view
  • Have class members research the current status of California's Proposition 8 and of Wisconsin's labor union laws
Classroom Considerations
  • Eighth in a series of 12 lessons that use photographs to highlight social justice issues
  • Protocols must be in place for a safe, respectful discussion of controversial issues
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Pros
  • A link provides background on California's Proposition 8
  • Questions help guide the groups' analysis on the photos
Cons
  • None