Photos and drawings are important in preserving history. Historians spend much time looking at photographs in great detail, looking for clues to the true story of the picture.
Note: Gather several photos. Have descriptions of the photos. Students really enjoy this simple activity.
- The students will be able to infer at least three conclusions from the picture.
- The students will be able to write their own story based on observations about the picture.
- Copy a picture for each student or distribute one picture to a group of students.
- Have students study the picture. Have them think about the following questions: When do you think the photo was taken? Where do you think the photo was taken? Who do you think the people are and what do they do?
- After asking probing questions, have the students write or tell their own stories about the photo. Ask them to use their imagination to embellish their stories.
- Have students share their stories with the class. Did everyone draw the same conclusions?
- Share the actual facts about the photo.
- Were the students able to infer at least three conclusions from the picture?
- Did their story fit the photo?
- Have students draw a scene and trade drawings with another student. Have each students write about the other's drawing.
- Ask students to write about what they would be doing in a photo that they would want to preserve in history.
- Have students think about how historians might be "fooled" by a picture, and how theories about a picture could be verified.