Provide a variety of alphabet books for students to read and explore. The structure and features of ABC books remain consistent and are a well-known text type to the students. You may be able to find some that integrate print with photography so that students can consider how the photos and writing work together.
Materials needed :
Call attention to the layout of pages in the ABC books.
Have students work with a partner to talk about a variety of photographs that show people within a particular landscape, e.g., people on city streets, in a small town, or on a school playground.
Key questions to guide discussion
Why do you think the photographer chose to shoot the photo this way?
What is the most important part, or focus, of the photo? Why do you think so?
How does the photo make you feel?
How does the camera angle contribute to the feeling you get about the subject?
What techniques might you like to try in your own photo?
Partners share their thinking with the class.
Take students on a photo walk around the neighbourhood looking for possible shots and thinking about what they want to show others. Have them jot down their ideas.
Back in the classroom, have pairs of students decide on the letter(s) they will represent with their photographs. Each student will be the photographer for his/her partner.
Have each student create their own storyboard showing:
Please note: the photo walk, group discussions and creation of the storyboards are an essential part of the process. Most of the class time will be spent on this part of the production process. Before the students shoot their photos they need to know exactly what they are looking for. It will make the actual time spent on taking the photo much shorter.