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Introduction to Principles of Design and Elements of Art - Media Literacy Lesson

Nouvelle ELA
Grade Levels
7th - 10th, Higher Education
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  1. Extend your students’ analysis skills with this Photo Analysis unit. Students develop a vocabulary for analyzing photography and art (Elements of Art and Principles of Design), strengthen understanding through nonfiction readings and practice activities, and complete individual analyses. Includes a
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Extend your students’ analysis skills by teaching them Elements of Art and Principles of Design. Students can apply their understanding to photographs, paintings, sculptures, and advertisements. These formal elements will allow students to support their interpretations and deepen their analytical skills. Includes observation, vocabulary activities, and an optional quiz. (grades 7-10 ELA, Yearbook, and Journalism)

This is the first lesson in my Photo Analysis Unit, and it's great for building a foundation in vocabulary and observation.

What You Get:

1. Six photos for your students to observe as anticipation

2. Principles of Design Vocabulary sheet

3. Elements of Art Vocabulary sheet

4. Two photos for vocabulary application and practice

5. A quick quiz (paper and digital versions)

**Includes low-ink printing options**

Reviews of the Photo Analysis Unit:

"This resource includes everything I need to teach a basic photo analysis unit: suggested lesson plans, quizzes, answer documents, photos, reference sheets, rubrics, and informational texts. The best part is that this can be taught alone or as a complement to a larger unit! I can't wait to use this unit in my classroom!"

-Krisanna M., 10th-11th grade ELA

"Great activity for any time of year but I plan to use it to help introduce peer conferencing, sharing their work and discussing it without good/bad judgment to help foster the idea that in our classroom learning is collaborative and a safe environment to grow and try new things.  It also introduces the skills I want them to start using as they read to learn about what writers do and then look for that in the text, so I like that it is short and helps build the skills and stamina that we can later bring to their reading.  I plan to use it to introduce our classroom community and procedures we use all semester.  Great pictures, articles, and directions! I love that it is editable but also ready to use with everything you need."

-Jeni L. 9-12th grade ELA

"As consumers of an increasing amount of digital images as texts, students will need to be able to think critically about different types of visual texts.  This unit breaks the analysis process into manageable steps to help students understand the artist's message and purpose.  The lessons introduce vocabulary and mini-lessons to assist students with the analysis of different aspects of photographs.  I particularly like the mini-lesson on the psychology of color.  This lesson will stimulate interesting discussions.  I have no doubt that students will see the application easily because of filters they already use on photos they publish to their social media accounts!"

-Christine B., AP Seminar, 11th and 9th grade Honors ELA

About Your Resource:

Your resource contains two documents: an editable slideshow of photos so that you can mix and match what photos your students use, and print-and-go vocabulary sheets (.pdf). Please email me if you have any questions! :)

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Total Pages
12 pages
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Teaching Duration
55 minutes
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