This activity is formatted for a social studies classroom focused on social reforms. This assignment asks students to choose a reform, then take or find pictures that show two examples of their reform (or the ideas/goals of the change), and two non-examples of the reform. Having students find pictures of examples and non-examples forces them to understand the concept, and distinguish the correct perspectives from the contrasting perspectives. This assignment allows students to form a better understanding of the topic through the use of images and creative writing.
The use of "hashtags" to describe or "tag" the pictures for the reform forces students to create creative and specific words or phrases to title the image. Using hashtags also requires that students make connections between the ideals and the image showing the relationship between the image, hashtag, and description.
While this file supports the social studies curriculum, this activity can be adapted to any content that asks students to distinguish an example from non-example. This could include character traits, leadership traits, vocabulary definitions/concepts, scientific process/reactions, etc.
To support the Common Core State Standards, you can also require students to use evidence in their description to support the example. The second page of the file includes an example of how to incorporate evidence into the description of the Instagram, without sounding too formal.