Extend your students’ analysis skills with Photo Analysis. Students approach Photo Analysis much the same as Literary Analysis, but it activates a visual intelligence that can be applied to a wide range of art and media. This free sample includes a guided photo analysis with clear steps and a complete answer key. (grades 7-10 ELA, Yearbook, and Journalism)
This is a key lesson in my Photo Analysis Unit, and it's great for forging the connection between literary analysis and media analysis in general.
1. Introduction to Photo Analysis
2. A scaffolded analysis of a historic photograph
3. A full answer key
"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
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