Activity Introduction

dumbo feather 4Quick Summary: Students are introduced to the role of photojournalism and are encouraged to be critical and analytical about its power to convey a message. Following some reflection on photojournalism, students are then encouraged to apply certain techniques and approaches with their own work. Students are scaffolded through this process by a series of viewing activities and questions. Students will the reflect on their individual approaches to the task of photojournalism or portraiture in order to share stories. This lesson provides an opportunity for students to develop greater familiarity with modes of visual storytelling and hone their photographic skill set. 

Dumbo Lord MayorTeachers can use these resources to teach literacy skills with the outcome being to enter the New Conversations Storytelling Competition. This competition is open to Australian students in Year 9 to 10. It encourages them to conduct conversations with people they find extraordinary and invites students to share their story and celebrate their heroic qualities through their submission. The competition aims to connect students to the power of storytelling, develop their communication skills and be reminded of the emotional value of face-to-face conversation.

 

Learning goals:

  • Students plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts,
  • Selecting aspects of subject matter and particular language, visual, and audio features to convey information and ideas.

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.

Australian Curriculum content description:

English Year 9:

  • Explore and explain the combinations of language and visual choices that authors make to present information, opinions and perspectives in different texts (ACELY1745)
  • Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that present a point of view and advance or illustrate arguments, including texts that integrate visual, print and/or audio features (ACELY1746)
  • Use a range of software, including word processing programs, flexibly and imaginatively to publish texts (ACELY1748)

English Year 10:

  • Analyse and evaluate how people, cultures, places, events, objects and concepts are represented in texts, including media texts, through language, structural and/or visual choices (ACELY1749)
  • Use a range of software, including word processing programs, confidently, flexibly and imaginatively to create, edit and publish texts, considering the identified purpose and the characteristics of the user(ACELY1776)

Syllabus outcomesEN5-1A, EN5-2A.

Topic: New Conversations Storytelling Competition 

Time required: 60 minutes

Resources required: Access to the internet, Students Planning worksheets, Photo taking equipment. 

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

Keywords: Art, photography, journalism, writing. 

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

dumbo feather 7Teacher preparation:

Overarching learning goal: For students to reflect on and embrace the role of photography and photojournalism as a powerful way to assist in sharing a story. For students to develop a greater awareness of the techniques and visual strategies photographers use in order to convey a message.    

Outcomes: Students are introduced to the role of photojournalism and are encouraged to experiment with the art of photography in their own work. Essentially students are scaffolded through this process by a series of viewing activities and questions. Students will the reflect on their individual approaches to the task of photojournalism or portraiture in order to share stories. This lesson provides an opportunity for students to develop greater familiarity with modes of visual storytelling and hone their photographic skill set. 

Background information: 

Dumbo Feather is not your average magazine, we are a print and online publication with an active and engaged community

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: Can a picture say 1000 words?

Image

Verbal Description

 Message 

DF-CA-Bowditch_23

C_Liberty_CoolAustralia:DumboFeather

 

CoolAustralia:DumboFeather

 

 
 Satish_CoolAustralia:DumboFeather    
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 Cooling towers, Yorkshire, UK    

Now it's time to consider your own picture. While it is likely to be a little hard for you to be able to "plan" the exact image you will take there are a number of techniques that you can be aware of before you take your picture. 

Consider how angles, colours, expression, backdrop and distance all play a part in conveying a message. 

Try sketching your ideas here... What do you imagine is the sort of image you might capture? Or, alternatively, find an image or a portrait of someone else that you think is visually powerful and similar to what you might take. 

 

 

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