Teachers Lesson Plans

Being a Photojournalist: Grade 4-6

Summary

The students will develop a photo story for their school on a subject determined ahead of time. Through this activity, they will discover that it is possible to transmit a message in photographs by thinking about and using elements and principles of composition.

Theory:

The student will demonstrate his understanding of the elements and principles of composition in documentary photography and how they are used to convey a feeling or an idea.

Creation:

The student will use the elements and principles of composition in creating photographs on a chosen theme or topic. He will experiment with composition, points of view and framing.

Analysis:

The student will use a vocabulary appropriate to photography to explain how a photograph reflects a social, political or cultural context.

The student will explain how he and his classmates have used elements and principles of composition to achieve a specific effect in their photographs.

Cross Curriculum Links:

This lesson also explores concepts in the following subject areas: social studies, English.

Duration:

Three 40-minute sessions