Argumentative Writing: Photo Essay Project

Grade Levels
7th - 12th
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This photo essay activity and presentation is a great tool for starting or expanding on your unit for argumentative and/or persuasive writing. 

Look all around. People use photos to sell us on issues all the time. Commercials, billboards, yard signs they all use images to capture the audience. Photos are used to sell, make a point, argue, and as evidence. 

This unit emphasizes the value of photos and raises their impact to a new educational level. 

The assignment: Using a series of photos students will create an argument and corresponding presentation that shares a message with their audience. The message is carefully crafted and organized to make sure the point of the argument is made, but no words are allowed!

Included in this Resource:

  • Photo Essay Informational PowerPoint (full)
  • Photo Essay Information PowerPoint (Distraction-less: includes fewer words, easier fonts to read, less use of red, fewer decorative images. This version is better for students with distraction/focus issues and B/W printing.)
  • Instructor's Script (Goes along with the PowerPoint lesson)
  • Teacher Packet (editable PDF) (includes editable pdfs for collecting thoughts leading up to the instruction, suggested standards for assessing, an editable rubric template)
  • Student Packet (printable + editable PDF)
  • Student Reflection Handout
  • Citing Sources: Ethical Use PowerPoint (Full and Printable)

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Teaching Duration
3 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.


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