1. Conflicting Newspaper Accounts

Source: The Civil War

Analyze a series of photographs of the Battle of Antietam, and write Civil War newspapers about the battle from the opposing perspectives of North and South. Incorporate topics on the military, political and economic aspects of the war.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Social Studies, The Arts

Topics: Journalism. United States History: 1850-1877. Photography.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

2. Eugene Smith: Photojournalism and Compassion

Source: American Masters

Learn about W. Eugene Smith's compassion for the human race through his work during WWII. Examine Smith's photo-essays, build a pinhole camera and create a personal photo-essay.

Grade Level: 9-12

Subjects: Social Studies, The Arts

Topics: Journalism. United States History: 1929-1945. Photography.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

3. Facing the Unknown

Source: How Art Made the World

Analyze the concepts of recorded images, memory, death and memorials. Examine family photographs to explore the impact of photography on human memory.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Social Studies, The Arts

Topics: Civics: Community & Citizenship. Family Life. Photography. Visual Arts.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

4. Lighting the Way

Source: Oregon Public Broadcasting: Art Beat at School

Consider the importance of light and the rule of thirds to the photographer's art. Learn the basics of photo journalism, compositional skills and the selection of subject material.

Grade Level: 9-12

Subjects: The Arts

Topics: Photography.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

5. Making a Pinhole Camera

Source: Oregon Public Broadcasting: Art Beat at School

Explore the basic elements of photography and learn how to make a pinhole camera. Examine the history of photography and the use of a pinhole camera as a fine art tool.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: The Arts

Topics: Photography. Visual Arts.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

6. Manipulating Photographs

Source: American Photography: A Century Of Images

Examine the power of photography as an agent of change. Understand the role of ethics in photojournalism, decide if the alteration of a photograph is acceptable and experiment with manipulating photographs.

Grade Level: 9-12

Subjects: Social Studies, The Arts

Topics: Journalism. Photography.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

7. Math and the Movies 2000: The Geometry of Lenses

Source: Mathline

Apply geometry, areas, ratios and square roots to understand important principles in photography. Find the best focusing distance, or focal length of lenses, and relate aperture area to light levels.

Grade Level: 9-12

Subjects: Math, The Arts

Topics: Applied Mathematics. Measurement. Numbers and Operations. Film. Photography.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

8. Photographic History Timeline

Source: American Photography: A Century Of Images

Consider the importance of photographs in history and the impact of photography on everyday life. Create a historical timeline showing various milestones in photography and significant events of each period.

Grade Level: 9-12

Subjects: Social Studies, The Arts

Topics: Journalism. Technology and Civilization. Photography.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

9. Photographs as an Artist's Tool

Source: Thomas Eakins - Scenes from Modern Life

Explore and understand the life and artwork of Thomas Eakins. Learn about Eakin's use of photography as a tool for painting, and apply the artist's methods and techniques in a painting or drawing.

Grade Level: 9-12

Subjects: The Arts

Topics: Photography. Visual Arts.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

10. Science of Special Effects

Source: Scientific American Frontiers

Investigate the science of special effects and create examples of animated movement, including frame-to-frame and clay animations.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Science & Tech, The Arts

Topics: Communications & Computing. Film. Photography.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

11. Studies in Motion

Source: Thomas Eakins - Scenes from Modern Life

Explore and understand the life and artwork of Thomas Eakins to discover the correlation between photography of human motion and locomotion described by Eakins. Create artwork using digital video technology.

Grade Level: 9-12

Subjects: Science & Tech, The Arts

Topics: Motion & Forces. Photography. Visual Arts.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

12. The Power of Pictures

Source: Reporting America at War

Study photographs as means of communication, learn visual-literacy skills and practice photo-analysis. Explore military censorship and famous war photographers, and compare war film to photos.

Grade Level: 9-12

Subjects: Social Studies, The Arts

Topics: Journalism. Photography.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

13. The Power of Stills

Source: American Photography: A Century Of Images

Understand the importance of photographs and the impact they have on people's memories of the past and preserving everyday family histories. Choose a personal photograph and write a narrative explaining why the picture conveys meaning and importance.

Grade Level: 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts, The Arts

Topics: Journalism. Photography.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

14. Through the Lens of Robert Capa

Source: American Masters

Discover techniques and style that made Robert Capa a great photographer. Learn the basics of telling compelling stories through photos and create a photo essay telling a story that has personal significance.

Grade Level: 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts, Social Studies, The Arts

Topics: Journalism. United States History: 1929-1945. Photography.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

15. To Censor or Not To Censor? The Power of War Photos

Source: American Photography: A Century Of Images

Understand the power of war photographs and how they can have an effect on emotions and beliefs. Examine the issue of censorship and freedom of press and decide what regulations, if any, should be put on publishing photographs for the public to view.

Grade Level: 9-12

Subjects: Social Studies, The Arts

Topics: Civics: Civil and Human Rights. Journalism. Photography.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

16. Using Photography to Time Travel

Source: American Photography: A Century Of Images

Analyze photographs from a chosen historical period on a critical level to gain a sense of what it was like to live in that era. Write descriptive and accurate essays about the chosen historical period.

Grade Level: 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts, The Arts

Topics: Journalism. Photography.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

17. War on Film

Source: Art in the 21st Century

Examine the role of the photograph in creating historical records and shaping sentiment about war, compare and contrast the photographic and written journalism of wars and explore the role of the photographer and the photojournalist.

Grade Level: 9-12

Subjects: Social Studies, The Arts

Topics: Journalism. Photography.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan