ACTIVITY OVERVIEW: This activity was created (originally) for my pre-reading hook lesson with "Life of Pi" but it is relevant for ANY text or subject that focuses on humanity, the human condition, or even morality. This is a GREAT and MEMORABLE unit that your students will talk about months after it is over. The activity includes a before-activity questions handout, the activity (with all necessary items), and then a follow-up question handout for further discussion and decompression. Students can work individually or in groups, and it can be executed in a variety of ways, either as a teacher-led lecture or digital presentation or a station-to-station walk-around (how I did it). Either way, students will be moved, while being pushed to think about their own theories regarding life and how society impacts how we make our decisions.
Pre-Activity Questions: worksheet included. Students can work individually or in groups as they ask themselves various thematic questions regarding the meaning of life, as well as pre-loading important literary ideas like "symbol," "allegory," and "thematic statements." This can be completed as a homework assignment or an in-class write up before the activity begins.
Activity: Includes- two different worksheets included for students (teacher preference), all photos, teacher guide to captions, all photo credits, & Station Sheets (for instructions during activity). As designed, students go around to various photography stations (up to 30, can group more than one photo at each station) with their blank worksheet. Each station should have the instructions sheet with the 10 questions posted with the photos. Students walk silently to each station, follow the instructions, and make their notes. Once finished, they can move on. **These photos can be very moving and impactful. This activity works best with quiet/silent reflection during the activity. There is a lot of flexibility with how this lesson is conducted and is up to the teacher to read their room and modify as required.
Post-Activity: Included- student reflection questions and discussion points.