Using Photographs to Teach Social Justice

We've written before about the power of images to deeply affect and influence people. Our friends at Teaching Tolerance recently created a series of 12 lessons for middle and high schoolers about using photographs to teach social justice.

The lessons are divided into three themes -- understanding people's perspectives; exposing injustice; and confronting injustice -- and culminate with students showing what they learned in a creative means, such as through photos, multimedia, journaling, or social media tools.

While the series limits its definition of social justice to people, it still offers an important means for exploring issues such as discrimination, justice, activism, historical events, and how visual images influence us.

Check out all 12 lessons.

These lessons could offer a great springboard for considering what kinds of events and issues get photographed and shared in the news, or how photographs may be framed, biased, or even manipulated to influence viewers in a certain way, as well as the growing power of amateur photographers to capture and convey important news.

~ Marsha

Image courtesy of IanMurphy via Creative Commons.

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