The following curricular objectives represent an overview of topics, skills, and concepts students will encounter, and are addressed in more detail throughout the unit.
In this unit, students will be able to synthesize social networking Web sites as legitimate foundational resources for exploration of images as forms of communication. They will be able to analyze pictures in news articles from legitimate news sites in order to synthesize their meaning, and tell whether the picture itself is a more valuable source of news than the words accompanying it. Students will be able to understand and appreciate pictures/images as art, entertainment, sources of information and methods of communication. They will also be able to utilize their mobile devices for research, as sources of legitimate news, and as communication devices capable of creating their own art and communicative images. Students will be able to present a picture of their own finding, explaining in writing the message it communicates. They will be able to present a picture of their own taking, explaining in writing the message it communicates. Also, students will be able to take a well-known artistic image and explain its meaning. Students will be able to utilize Internet images to decipher whether a Web source is legitimate. Students will be able to navigate Web sites and decipher for themselves which ones deliver valid, legitimate, important information. Consequently, they will be able to utilize the aforementioned Web sites to use information for projects of their own determining, based on a pre-designed list. Finally, they will be able to utilize legitimate information sources on the Internet to design and compose a comprehensive research paper.