Using Photographs to Teach Social Justice | Exposing Homelessness and Poverty

This Using Photographs to Teach Social Justice | Exposing Homelessness and Poverty lesson plan also includes:

Photos can capture a complete story in a single image. Class members closely examine a photo of a homeless camp and attempt to read the story told by the picture. They then read the caption for the photograph and compare their notes with the information provided by the caption.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Ask groups to identify what they believe is the photographer's point of view and the details in the photograph that support that analysis
Classroom Considerations
  • Seventh in a series of 12 social justice resources that use photographs as a focus to launch class discussions
  • Ensure that the discussion is safe and respectful
  • When teaching this lesson, be sensitive to the fact that some of your students or people they know may be homeless 
Pros
  • Includes a list of questions to help groups focus on details in the photograph
  • The projects permit individuals to make a personal connection to the issues of homelessness and poverty
Cons
  • None