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Lesson Plan: Photographic “Truth”

“Teaching with Photography,” UMMA Workshop for Educators, November 6, 2013 Lesson developed by Antje Gamble, former Mellon Fellow in History of Art

Objectives

Students will re-write a newspaper article, discovering how images can tell more than one story

National Core Standards

  • Perceive and analyze artistic work

Grade

9-12

Time Required

One class period, or partial class

Materials

  • Paper and Pencils
  • Newspaper articles with accompanying photographs 

Lesson

  1. Divide students into small groups of approx. four students

  2. Students should choose or be assigned an article with an accompanying photograph

  3. 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.

  4. Students can share and compare their stories with their group.

  5. 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?

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