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Ch 1: Photography Lesson Plans & Resources

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Supplement your art curriculum with our lessons and lesson plans on photography. Refer to fun assignments and activities you can incorporate into your class time or assign for homework to teach students about different types of photography and noted photographers.

Photography Lesson Plans & Resources - Chapter Summary

From a deeper look at the art of photography to practices in portrait photography and photojournalism, this chapter allows you to reference materials outside of your traditional syllabus to add fun and creative ways to help your students learn about photography. Our lesson plans outline group and individual projects and activities that might involve taking pictures, writing assignments, or going on virtual tours. Other classroom and extended activities cover such topics as the history of photography, photography composition and famous photographers, such as Ansel Adams and Wilson 'Snowflake' Bentley.

Share video and text lessons with your class that can generate classroom discussions and allow your students to take a closer look at various photography concepts and practices, such as photo essays and the rule of thirds.

How It Helps

  • Suggests activities or games: The lessons include step-by-step instructions for group and individual activities that can engage your students and give then a hands-on education in portrait photography, photojournalism, photo essay and photography composition.
  • Offers class discussion questions and topics: See ideas for classroom discussion topics about photography practices and artists that you can use to expand on your classroom materials.
  • Offers additional resources: These video and text lessons cover specific photographers and types of photography that include worksheet/quizzes that you can use to determine how much your students have retained from each lesson.

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning photography lessons easy.

  • Use lesson plan outlines for specific photography topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your art class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related photography lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important aspects of photography.
  • Engage your students with relevant photography-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

23 Lessons in Chapter 1: Photography Lesson Plans & Resources
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Photography Lesson Plan

1. Photography Lesson Plan

We see them every day, but what do we really know about photographs? A Study.com video lesson gives a brief history while discussion paired with an activity allows for deeper understanding.

History of Photography Essay Topics

2. History of Photography Essay Topics

Learning about the history of photography can be a great way to get artsy students interested in critical thinking. This lesson offers a series of essay topics that will help students learn about and analyze different aspects of the history of photography.

The Art of Photography: Development & Uses

3. The Art of Photography: Development & Uses

Explore the innovations that brought about the invention of photography in the 19th century. Learn about social stigmas and art rivalries that contributed to the derision and eventual acceptance of photography as an art form.

Photojournalism Lesson Plan for Elementary School

4. Photojournalism Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Teach students about photojournalism with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson and view samples to learn how photos can tell stories, analyze and interpret photographs, and give the art a try themselves.

Photojournalism: Lesson for Kids

5. Photojournalism: Lesson for Kids

Have you ever heard the saying, 'A picture is worth a thousand words'? Photojournalists use images to tell a news story. In this lesson, you'll learn about a photojournalist's job and see examples of photographs that show you the news.

History of Photography Lesson Plan for Elementary School

6. History of Photography Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Teach students the history of photography with the help of this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that explains the evolution of photography, discuss content, complete a timeline, and take a quiz before playing a game to test their knowledge.

History of Photography: Lesson for Kids

7. History of Photography: Lesson for Kids

Smile and say 'cheese!' Have you ever wondered who first figured out how to take photographs? This lesson will explain how photography developed from the earliest days to present-day digital cameras.

Photo Essay Lesson Plan

8. Photo Essay Lesson Plan

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.

Photo Essay: Definition, Themes & Examples

9. Photo Essay: Definition, Themes & Examples

Photo essays are becoming increasingly popular forms of journalism. In this lesson, we'll talk about this art form and explore the components of a strong photo essay.

Rule of Thirds Lesson Plan

10. Rule of Thirds Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to introduce students to the rule of thirds in photography. Students will watch a video lesson, identify photographs that utilize the rule of thirds, and take their own photographs utilizing the rule of thirds.

Rule of Thirds in Photography: Definition & Examples

11. Rule of Thirds in Photography: Definition & Examples

Want to make those pictures from a smartphone look better even without extra filters? Then learn more about the rule of thirds, a guideline that has been helping artists and photographers for more than 200 years.

Photography Composition Lesson Plan

12. Photography Composition Lesson Plan

Students will have fun learning about the different rules of photography in this lesson plan. They will read a lesson, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity, and take a quiz.

Photography Composition: Definition, Rules & Techniques

13. Photography Composition: Definition, Rules & Techniques

This lesson introduces five basic rules for composition in photography and techniques used by professionals and hobbyists to master these design aspects.

Portrait Photography Lesson Plan

14. Portrait Photography Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about portrait photography. These lessons guide students through the history of portrait photography, including evolution and application, before diving into the art of portrait photography. Discussion questions, analysis, activities and a quiz ensure concepts stick.

Portrait Photography: Definition, Techniques & Tips

15. Portrait Photography: Definition, Techniques & Tips

Portrait photography is more than just capturing a picture of somebody; it's an artistic representation of a person's attitude. In this lesson, we will learn about portrait photography as well as some tips for taking great photos.

History of Portrait Photography

16. History of Portrait Photography

Selfies are undoubtedly the most popular form of portrait photography today. However, portrait photography has a long and interesting history, full of new technology and iconic images.

Photography Projects for High School

17. Photography Projects for High School

Photography is an ideal topic for engaging projects because what students need the most is consistent practice. Here are a few ideas for high school photography projects you can try for yourself.

'Snowflake' Bentley Lesson Plan

18. 'Snowflake' Bentley Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about Wilson Bentley, the first person to photograph snowflakes and discover that no two are alike. Students will read a text lesson outlining Bentley's life and photographic process, discuss concepts before applying concepts to an engaging project.

Wilson 'Snowflake' Bentley: Biography & Photographs

19. Wilson 'Snowflake' Bentley: Biography & Photographs

Have you ever caught snowflakes on your tongue or looked closely at a single snowflake's delicate shape? Who discovered that no two snowflakes are alike? In this lesson, learn about Wilson Bentley, the first person to photograph snowflakes.

Ansel Adams Lesson Plan

20. Ansel Adams Lesson Plan

Who was Ansel Adams and how did he make his mark in the art world? This lesson plan uses an informative text lesson to summarize the artist's life and work for students. An activity will help to solidify students' understanding.

Who is Ansel Adams? - Biography, Facts & Photography

21. Who is Ansel Adams? - Biography, Facts & Photography

Explore the life and work of American nature photographer Ansel Adams. Learn about the relationships between photographic representation, landscape photography and conservationism.

Lewis Hine Lesson Plan

22. Lewis Hine Lesson Plan

This lesson plan provides a quiz, discussion topics and questions, an activity, a mini-activity, as well as a vocabulary activity that will help students appreciate the work of Lewis Hine and the issues surrounding child labor in general.

Lewis Hine's Photographs on Child Labor

23. Lewis Hine's Photographs on Child Labor

In this lesson, we'll talk about the use of child labor during America's industrial revolution and the reaction of a photographer named Lewis Hine who documented the harsh conditions in mills, coal mines, and factories.

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