Photo Essay Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about the photo essay. Students will read our informational text outlining what a photo essay is and explaining the narrative and persuasive formats, discuss content, then apply learning to an engaging activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'photo essay'
  • explain characteristics of good photo essays
  • analyze photo essays
  • discuss the purpose of photo essays

Length

50 minutes for lesson, plus time for photo essay activity

Materials

Key Vocabulary

  • Photo essay
  • Range of images
  • Order of images
  • Lead photo
  • Scene photo
  • Portraits
  • Detail photo
  • Signature photo

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.3

Follow precisely a complex multi-step procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks, attending to special cases or exceptions defined in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9-10 texts and topics.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.1

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

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