I have developed this unit to expose my students to new ways to gain information from pictorial representation by improving their abilities to look at images that will in turn improve their understanding of written text. It will teach the students to establish a purpose for viewing to gain better comprehension and to supplement their understanding of the written text. I plan to use many aspects of photography to teach my students how to interpret and to extract information from photography that they can later transfer to other non-print material such as drawings and paintings that accompany print in their curriculum texts, specifically in Social Studies, where I will teach the unit. The knowledge how to interpret photographs will allow students to use the skill to fill some of the gaps in their education, such as utilizing photographs within the text as context clues, to compensate for poor comprehension skills. Incorporating photography into teaching content area subjects will give students an extra way to gain information. Since all students learn differently, this will allow students who are visual learners to have just as much success as auditory learners.
1. use prior knowledge to prepare for the viewing experience.
2. identify purpose, tone, theme, and point of view.
3. demonstrate viewing comprehension by interpreting information and responding critically.
4. explore the social culture of African Americans at significant historical periods.