Using photographs in your classroom can be a very powerful way to teach about historical events, but it can be a challenge to get students to thoughtfully focus on an image for an extended period time and analyze it with any depth. To that end, we have developed this "gallery walk" photograph analysis sheet. Create a photo gallery based on your unit of study, hang the photos around your classroom or the hallway, and number the images. Print this double-sided handout which has space for detailed analysis of four photos. Students are asked to describe what they see in the photo, pose questions, make inferences, and identify historical significance. There are also two spaces provided for you to write unit-specific reflection questions for students to answer.
If you'd like them to see a teacher model before you begin, check out the screen-cast we made for our classes. Interactive modeling is a powerful tool to let students see your expectations.