This easy to use, highly organized, project allows each student to select a photo that interests them, research it and then present their findings in a large photo gallery to their classmates, the school, other teachers or even the community as a whole. My overall goal is for students to enjoy the feeling that comes with playing the role of a historical detective.
In short, the 80 photos are hung in the hallway or classroom before class and students are encouraged to select a photo that arouses their curiosity. They then research the photo and come back prepared to present their findings with peers and/or you on the due date.
Grading is simple and you get a lot of “bang for the buck” with this assignment because students do the work. There is a lot of underlying structure but so also room for choices, creativity and student ownership of their work
With this purchase you get:
• A set of teacher instructions and tips
• 80 Cold War era photographs with a key word or hint for students to use as they begin researching their selected photograph
• A time saving description of each picture to aid teachers in prompting students with their research and for grading purposes. Interesting facts or links to additional articles are included with many of these.
• Two completed photo gallery examples for use with students: one of a photo from an Imagine Dragons concert and another from 9/11
• A page of student instructions
• A grading rubric
• Eighteen questions that students can answer while they research their photographs. These help when they write their own commentary about their selected photograph
Photographs cover a wide variety of topics. I’ve covered nearly every major Cold War event and included unique topics such as acoustic kitties, Mao Zedong swimming in the Yangtze, and some of the more iconic, compelling & award winning photos from the Cold War.
Best wishes and I look forward to your constructive feedback,
The Past is a Blast