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1 Picture = 1,000 Adjectives

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Keywords: Photography, ENGLISH, grammar, adjectives, writing
Subject(s): Art, Writing, Photography, English/Language Arts, Grammar
Grades 6 through 8
School: Monticello Middle School, Monticello, IL
Planned By: Jennifer Smith
Original Author: Jennifer Smith, Monticello
The day before the lesson, or even at the beginning of the school year, ask the students to take a picture, using a digital camera, of the strangest object they can find in school or town. Encourage them to be as creative as possible by taking pictures of small overlooked objects such as an odd looking door knob. Ask them to try to photograph something that is not easily identifiable by the other members of their class. Print out the students' pictures and have them write a brief description of what the photo is of and why they selected it. (So two weeks later when they have forgotten what the object is you can read their paper to jog their memory.)
When you are ready to discuss adjectives, begin by reviewing the definition of an adjective. I provide students with examples of adjectives and then go around the room having one student say a noun and the next student say an adjective that describes the noun. Select one or more photos to display for the class and ask them to come up with as many adjectives as possible to describe the photo. My students are very competitive so I turn it into a contest to see who can come up with the greatest number of accurate adjectives.

A variation would be to display all of the pictures and have the students come up with at least two adjectives for each. The students would then create a frame for their own photo by writing all of the adjectives on a mat. The pictures could also be turned into a powerpoint presentation with the words written around the photos.
The students can also write papers about the photos. I generally have my students write brief descriptions in a journal but they could be used as story starters too.
Materials: Digital Cameras, Camera Bags, Flash/USB Drives, Batteries, Memory Cards, Cables, English/Language Arts, Writing, Keyboarding, Slideshow
Other Items: 25 Digital Cameras
1 Package of photo paper
25 Photo mats
25 Thesaurus