Students will re-write a newspaper article, discovering how images can tell more than one story
National Core Standards
Perceive and analyze artistic work
One class period, or partial class
Paper and Pencils
Newspaper articles with accompanying photographs
Divide students into small groups of approx. four students
Students should choose or be assigned an article with an accompanying photograph
Each student should write his/her own new story to accompany the photograph. They can change as much information as they would like. In fact, the more changes they make, the more interesting the discussion will be. Allow enough time for students to draft a new story about the photograph.
Students can share and compare their stories with their group.
Discuss the process with the class:
a. Was it easy or difficult to alter the story, once you knew the original content?
b. Television news often uses stock photographs (ex. Generic police tape, an airport, a burning car). Why does this work?
c. Can one image tell more than one story?
d. Does a photograph always “tell the truth?” Can there be multiple truths? Can it lie?