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Story Telling through Photography

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Keywords: characters, composition, foreground, background, shadows, imagery, figures
Subject(s): English/Language Arts, Social Studies, Photography, Writing
Grades 4 through 9
School: Francisco Middle School, San Francisco, CA
Planned By: Marna Blanchard
Original Author: Marna Blanchard, San Francisco
Do Now: Students will be given an image from the book, "The Myteries of Harris Burrdick" by Chris Van Alsburg and it's corresponding line. Students will have 3 minutes to write what they think the story is behind the image and the opening line.

AIMS: Students will be able to discuss details of an image and then create a basic story line from that image.
Students will be able to create a first draft of a story from an image of their choice.

Standards Covered:
English Language Arts: 2.1 Write narratives:
a. Establish and develop a plot and setting and present a point of view that is appropri-
ate to the stories.
b. Include sensory details and concrete language to develop plot and character.
c. Use a range of narrative devices (e.g., dialogue, suspense).
2.1 Deliver narrative presentations:
a. Establish a context, plot, and point of view.
b. Include sensory details and concrete language to develop the plot and character.
c. Use a range of narrative devices (e.g., dialogue, tension, or suspense).
Visual and Performing Arts: Develop Perceptual Skills and Visual Arts Vocabulary
1.1 Identify and describe all the elements of art found in selected works of art (e.g., color, shape/form, line, texture, space, value).
1.2 Discuss works of art as to theme, genre, style, idea, and differences in media.
Communication and Expression Through Original Works of Art
2.5 Select specific media and processes to express moods, feelings, themes, or ideas.

1. Do Now!
2. Introduction of key vocabulary words: imagery, shadows, foreground, background, composition, characters, figures
3. Students will share out their stories ideas with group members.
4. Teacher lead discuss of image and composition of the image. Additional photographs will be viewed and discussed.
5. Teacher will model use of a sense based graphic organizer, using inspiration, to help student organize and create their story, as well as giving them support needed for detailed descriptive writing.
6.Students will then be given a variety of shadow photographs and will be asked to tell a story about that photograph in small groups. Each group will have one member retell their story to the whole class.
7. Students will then create first draft of individual stories based on a photograph of their choice.

Bring in a photographic that has meaning for you, be prepared to tell the story behind the photo.
The Adobe Suite will part of the series of lessons. Students will take photos and then integrate their photos with their writing. Writings will include narrative stories and poems.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
This could easily be extended to include viewing photos from historical events and discussing the stories/history behind them. Students could recreate historical or political events, take photos of them for discussion or display their understanding of a past event and it's significance.
Students will take photos from which they will create their own stories and poems. Students will take a variety of photos to show their understanding of composition and how it can tell a story. Students will also learn and use Adobe photoshop and illustrator to integrate their stories and images. At the end of the unit students will produce a book of their final pieces.
Materials: Inspiration, Printers, Digital SLR
Other Items: 1 Adobe Suite
1 Digital SLR