Students create content-world-self connections by searching for relevant photo subject material, bringing the outside world into the classroom. Discussion and activities are more engaging because they are using their own work. If used for homework, it's a nice break from the usual comprehension questions or worksheets. The photography and discussion elements infuse art, technology, and evidence-based discussion (ELA), making this a cross-curricular activity. Works well as a formative or summative assessment.
Pairs well with "Clouds Notes."