September 11, 2001 is a day that changed the United States forever. Many photographers risked their lives to bring back the unforgettable images of that day. These images created a detailed portrait of these ominous events and served as a powerful reminder of the importance of a photojournalist's role in a crisis. Use this handout to help students understand the job of a photojournalist and help students connect with the ethical standards of photojournalism.
NOT JUST FOR ART TEACHERS! Use this lesson to incorporate historical events, societal connections, and documentary photography into your curriculum.
Students will develop an awareness of the the events of September 11, learn about photojournalism and its ethical responsibility, view images from photojournalists, and respond to prompts.
—Brief descriptions of the events from 9/11.
—Brief descriptions of photojournalism.
—A description of the principle of art: movement.
—A graphic organizer to help students develop visual literacy. Students will describe, analyze, interpret, and judge images from the lesson.
—Links for additional resources.
Combine this lesson with “Element of Art: Texture” and “Unconventional Art” to create an art unit that covers the four art processes: Creating, Presenting, Responding, and Connecting.
This item is also available in the "Principles of Art: History, Photographers, and Student Responses" Bundle which includes all 7 principles in one.
NATIONAL CORE ARTS STANDARDS: Visual Arts Connecting
#VA:Cn11.1 Anchor Standard: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.
COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS: College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.1: Make logical inferences from the text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.3: Analyze how and why individuals, events, or ideas develop and interact.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.7: Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.1: Write arguments to support claims.
Questions are written at a high school 9-10th grade proficient level but could be differentiated to fit other levels.