Unit 2 - How to Analyze a Primary Source


What do you think this is a photo of? (Take a peek) Photograph courtesy of The Library of Congress.

Lesson 1 – Analyzing Photographs and Prints


Materials: Analyzing Photographs/Prints Graphic Organizer

Activity: In this lesson you will independently participate in the Library of Congress' "Analyzing Photographs and Prints" online module, where you will conduct a mock photograph analysis using an interactive version of the graphic organizer included in this Unit. The purpose of this module is to teach you how to conduct a photograph/print analysis for your own knowledge, and so that you can guide your students through the same process. You will be focusing on your observations, reflections (how you connect prior knowledge to your observations, further "burning" questions that arise from the analysis, and areas for further investigation.

In this online module, you will go through the photo analysis twice: the second time, you will be able to zoom in and out of the photo and take notes in the interactive graphic organizer. Be sure to click on the "DONE" button under the interactive graphic organizer! It will produce a completed graphic organizer for your review and that you can also print. Be sure to listen carefully to the verbal prompts that the facilitator uses to guide you through the observations, reflections, and further questions. Keep in mind that you will be using the same or similar prompts when you guide your students through this process.

Reflection: In the discussion area for this Unit, share your reactions to what you independently experienced in the mock photo analysis module. Use the following format to organize your ideas and to think critically about what you learned.

CONNECT: How are the ideas and information presented CONNECTED to what you already knew?

EXTEND: What new ideas did you get that EXTENDED or pushed your thinking in new directions?

CHALLENGE: What is still CHALLENGING or confusing for you to get your mind around? What questions, wonderings or puzzles do you now have?

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