Creative Photo Analysis Unit – Media Literacy and Integrated Art

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Extend your students’ media literacy skills with this Photo Analysis unit. Students develop a vocabulary for analyzing photographs and art (Elements of Art and Principles of Design), strengthen understanding through nonfiction readings and practice activities, and complete individual analyses.

Key Takeaways for students:
✅ Analyzing photographs is like analyzing a text
✅ Elements of art are like figurative language for photographs
✅ Photographers consider audience, context, and purpose

This collection of lessons helps improve media literacy by having students analyze photographs as texts. Analyzing photographs (unlike literature) convinces students that there are no “right answers” and that analysis is, instead, all about your evidence.

Each photo analysis activity is independent, making this an easy unit to teach analyzing photographs and media literacy during standardized testing or other times that you may not have all students in the classroom at the same time. Everything is highly scaffolded so that students can work on it independently, and can easily pick up where they left off.

Perfect media literacy unit for:
✅ 7-10 ELA
✅ Pre-AP
✅ Yearbook & Journalism

What teachers like you are saying about this media literacy resource:

Krisanna M.
Krisanna M.
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"This resource includes everything I need to teach a basic photo analysis unit: suggested lesson plans, quizzes, answer documents, photos, reference sheets, rubrics, and informational texts. The best part is that this can be taught alone or as a complement to a larger unit! I can't wait to use this unit in my classroom!"
Jeni L.
Jeni L.
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"Great media literacy activity for any time of year! I like that it is short and helps build the skills and stamina that we can later bring to their reading. I use it to introduce our classroom community and procedures we use all semester. Great pictures, articles, and directions! I love that it is editable but also ready to use with everything you need."
Christine B.
Christine B.
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"As consumers of an increasing amount of digital images as texts, students need to be able to think critically about different types of visual texts. This unit breaks the photo analysis process into manageable steps to help students understand the artist's message and purpose. I have no doubt that students will see the application easily because of filters they already use on photos they publish to their social media accounts!"


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