Great lesson plan from the New York Times
Learning Network! Bonus points as it is co-written by an MC POP person!
Picture This! Building Photo-Based Writing Skills
By SARAH KAVANAGH AND KATHERINE SCHULTEN
Photo: Chang W. Lee/The New York Times
- How can you use the Learning Network feature 6 Q’s About the News
to build writing, language and news literacy skills? In this lesson, students use photographs to practice writing, vocabulary and skimming skills to develop literacy and/or prepare for standardized tests.
- An interesting photograph, one per small group, mounted on a large sheet of paper, computers with Internet access, paper, pens/pencils, classroom board
Full lesson can be found here
For those of you interested in using photos to build literacy skills I would also HIGHLY recommend checking out this book for some pretty sophisticated "reading text" ideas. The book was designed for high school high school AP Language and Comp teachers as that exam now has a visual literacy element.
While some of the ideas might be too advanced, you will certainly be able to adapt a lot of the ideas. The book can be found at Amazon
and Norton has a page for the book
with additional details/samples.
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