Using Photographs to Teach Social Justice | Exploring Identity

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Even without captions, photographs can tell amazing, involved, and complex stories. Viewers analyze two photos, consider what the pictures reveal about the subjects' identity, and determine the social justice issues represented in the images.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have class members shoot their own photos for a gallery walk in which they add post-it notes with suggested captions for each other's pictures
  • Invite a member of the art department to talk about techniques used in photography
Classroom Considerations
  • The first of 12 lessons using photographs to teach social justice
  • Presumes a protocol has been established to permit a safe, respectful discussion of social justice issues
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  • Includes questions to help viewers to closely examine and analyze the images
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