This easy to use, organized project allows each student to select a photo that interests them, research it and then present their findings in a large photo gallery to their classmates, the school, other teachers or even the community as a whole. My overall goal is for students to enjoy the feeling that comes with playing the role of a historical detective.
In short, the 100 photos are hung in the hallway or classroom before class and students are encouraged to select a photo that arouses their curiosity. They then research the photo and come back prepared to present their findings with peers, you or even other teachers on the due date in a photo gallery type setting.
Grading is simple and you get a lot of “bang for the buck” with this assignment because students do all of the work. There is a lot of underlying structure but so also room for choices, creativity and student ownership of their work
With this purchase you get:
• A set of teacher instructions and tips
• 100 WWI photographs with a key word or hint for students to use as they begin researching their selected photograph or topic
• A time saving description of each picture to aid teachers in prompting students with their research and for grading purposes.
• Two completed photo gallery examples for use with students: one of a photo from an Imagine Dragons concert and another from 9/11
• A page of student instructions
• A grading rubric
• Eighteen questions that students can answer while they research their photographs. These help when they write their own commentary about their selected photograph
The 100 photographs cover a wide variety of topics. I’ve covered many major political figures from WWI and included unique topics such as trench foot, trench rats, Zeppelins bombing London, dogs, amputations, women at war, pigeons, the Christmas Truce, horses, trench art, photographers, poison gas, plastic surgery, Ho Chi Minh at Versailles, flying aces, medal of honor winners, poets, cross dressing women, CS Lewis, flamethrowers, Walt Disney, going over the top, Mata Hari, spiked helmets, Charlie Chaplain, lion cubs, battleships, grenades, a German chemist and many more.
Best wishes and I look forward to your constructive feedback,
The Past is a Blast