“How do you make sense of what you see when you look at an image, especially if that image comes with no caption, headline, links or other clues about its origins? What can constructing meaning from an image teach you?” – New York Times
I’ve always loved the New York Times “What’s Going On In This Picture” feature. Each week, they choose a picture and ask students to answer three simple questions: What’s going on in this picture? What do you see that makes you say that? What more can you find? Students are allowed the opportunity to form their own interpretations and share ideas. They are encouraged to post their findings and cite evidence to prove their argument. Throughout this process, students are engaged, developing critical thinking skills and constructing knowledge.
What is really interesting is that the image analysis skills needed to find information is similar to those skills required for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) reading anchor standards.
If you want to see how the rest of the CCSS reading anchor standards align to image analysis skills, check out the Library of Congress (LOC) – Teaching with Primary Sources table.
As teachers, we are always looking for lessons to meet our content standards. Both theNew York Times and the Library of Congress have lesson plans and teaching resources already created (or that can be modified) that incorporate their images and non-fiction informational texts. Below is a list of potential ideas and links:
If you think you have a lesson or an idea that might be created/adapted using images or primary sources, just let Kellie or I know. We’d love to help you!
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