Grade level: Appropriate for grades 4-12 with teacher modifications.
Duration: One or two class periods.
1) Select a photograph or several from the Recollection Wisconsin collections. To locate photographs that will inspire creative contributions from your students, try our thematic boards on Pinterest:
2) Ask students to list the information they can infer from the photograph(s), including facts as well as emotions.
3) Next, with their inferences in mind, have students write about a single photograph using two different genres: for example, a poem and a newspaper article, or a short fiction story and a letter to the editor.
4) Then have students compare and contrast the various structures of these diverse texts. Ask: How does our understanding of the photo change when it’s written about in different ways? How does it stay the same?