Literacy and Justice Through Photography: A Classroom Guide

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This practical guide will help teachers to use the acclaimed "Literacy Through Photography" method developed by Wendy Ewald to promote critical thinking, self-expression, and respect in the classroom. The authors share their perspectives as an artist, a sociologist, and a teacher to show educators how to integrate four new "Literacy Through Photography" projects into the curriculum?The Best Part of Me, Black Self/White Self, American Alphabets, and Memories from Past Centuries. These field-tested projects invite ...

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Overview

This practical guide will help teachers to use the acclaimed "Literacy Through Photography" method developed by Wendy Ewald to promote critical thinking, self-expression, and respect in the classroom. The authors share their perspectives as an artist, a sociologist, and a teacher to show educators how to integrate four new "Literacy Through Photography" projects into the curriculum—The Best Part of Me, Black Self/White Self, American Alphabets, and Memories from Past Centuries. These field-tested projects invite students to create images representing their understanding of themselves and the world around them. The text includes classroom vignettes, project descriptions and lesson plans, and reflections and resources to help teachers explore important social and political topics with their students while also addressing standards across various disciplines and grade levels.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807752814
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 11/4/2011
  • Series: Language & Literacy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 970,793
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

Wendy Ewald: An Artist's Frame 1

Lisa Lord: A Teacher's Reflection 4

Katie Hyde: Through a Sociologist's Lens 8

About This Book 10

1 The Best Part of Me Questioning Appearances, Exploring Identity

Wendy Ewald: An Artist's Frame 14

Setting the Stage 17

Creating a Safe Classroom Environment 17

Brainstorming: Mapping the Body and Discovering Uniqueness 19

Talking About the Body 22

Reading Photographs 25

Reading Family Photographs 27

About Readers' and Writers' Workshops 29

Planning and Making Photographs and Writing About Them 31

Making Photographs 31

Choosing and Picturing One Part of the Body 34

Reading and Writing About Bodies 38

Creating Work for an Audience 43

Presenting a Collective Vision 44

Making an Installation 46

Making a Book 51

Lisa Lord: A Teacher's Reflection 53

Katie Hyde: Through a Sociologist's Lens 54

Lesson Plans: The Best Part of Me 57

2 Black Self/White Self Playing with the Ideas and Imagery of Race

Wendy Ewald: An Artist's Frame 60

Setting the Stage 65

Reading and Understanding Photographic Portraits 65

Planning Self-Portraits 68

Making Portraits together 69

Delving Deeper—Reading and Writing About Portraits 73

Portraying Imagined Selves and Understanding Others 77

Imagining Another Self 77

Planning Other-Self Portraits 78

Talking About and Making Other-Self Portraits 81

Talking About Race 86

Reconsidering Other-Self Portraits—Altering, Writing, and Reflecting 88

Project Variation: A Middle School Approach to Self 94

Black Self/White Self 94

Girl Self/Boy Self 97

Lisa Lord: A Teacher's Reflection 98

Katie Hyde: Through a Sociologist's Lens 99

Lesson Plans: Black Self/White Self 101

3 American Alphabets Picturing Words from the Language of Home

Wendy Ewald: An Artist's Frame 106

Setting the Stage 110

Word Lists for Three Different Alphabets 110

Exploring One Alphabet: Writing About Home 114

Talking About Language and Home 118

Creating a Community Language: Home Alphabet Books 121

Photographing Home Alphabets 121

Making Home Alphabet Books 124

Reading Alphabet Books and Writing Reflections on an Alphabet Word 126

Creating Public Portraits of Home 129

Selecting Words and Shooting Photographs for a Collaborative Home Alphabet 129

Curating and Designing Posters for a Classroom Exhibition 131

Installing and Sharing the Collaborative Exhibition 134

Lisa Lord: A Teacher's Reflection 136

Katie Hyde: Through a Sociologist's Lens 137

Lesson Plans: American Alphabets 140

4 Memories from Past Centuries Performing History, Thinking About Everyday Choices

Wendy Ewald: An Artist's Frame 144

Setting the Stage 150

Exploring Preconceptions—What (We Think) We Know About Jews 150

A Famous Diary and a Modern Genre 153

Studying Documents and Getting to Know Children s Survival Stories 154

Photographs of Rescued Children 154

Case Histories of Rescued Children 157

Reading Aloud Children's Literature on the Holocaust 158

Talking About the Holocaust 159

Writing Historical Fiction 160

A Child's Story 160

A Friend's Story 163

A Nazi's Story 166

Creating Multimedia Art with a Message 170

Trying Out a Part—Performing and Recording Stories About Rescued Children 170

Collaborating to Make a Larger Story with a Lasting Message 173

Making Movies and Going Public 175

Project Variation: American Indian Boarding Schools 180

Lisa Lord: A Teacher's Reflection 181

Katie Hyde: Through a Sociologist's Lens 183

Lesson Plans: Memories from Past Centuries 185

References and Additional Classroom Resources for Teachers and Students 189

Technical Resources 195

About the Authors 199

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