Activities will help students:
- recognize and interpret the message in a photograph
- analyze the subject(s) in a photograph
- think about what it means to be inclusive
- explore the concept of diversity
- How can photographs be used to illustrate a concept or ideal?
- How can the subject of a photograph help reveal the photographer’s point of view on a topic?
Photographs may tell a story or make a statement about a greater concept or ideal. Sometimes photographers use the subjects in a photo to convey a message.
Examine the photograph below.
Copyright Jim West
- Individually, make a list to describe each person in
the photograph. Use these questions to guide you:
- What is this person’s gender?
- What is this person’s race?
- What is this person’s religion?
- What is this person’s sexual orientation?
- Form groups of four and share your list with your
- Did you describe the people in the photo the same way? If not, how was your list different?
- What can you usually tell about people just by looking at them? What can’t you tell about them?
- The subject
of a photograph is the main person or thing pictured. As a group, analyze the
body language of the subjects of this photograph.
- What emotions do they seem to be conveying?
- What assumptions can you make about them as individuals? As a group?
- This photograph shows a diverse group of young people.
What message do you think the photographer is trying to convey? As a group,
write a caption that captures the message. If you need help brainstorming
ideas, consider using some of the following sentence starters:
- All people want to be _____________.
- The one thing we all have in common is _____________.
- We may look different, but _____________.
- Record your caption on the board. Take turns so that each group can present and explain its caption to the rest of the class.
- Jim West took this photograph during a Mix It Up at Lunch Day at Fordson High School in Dearborn, Michigan. Learn more about Mix It Up at Lunch Day. Then start to organize a Mix It Up at Lunch Day at your school.