In creating the class photobook each student had to compose a photo in which they would appear and shoot a photo that included one of their classmates. This made an authentic project even more engaging and meaningful to the students and their families. Janet Radoman
|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
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 arelooking for. It will make the actual time spent on taking the photo much shorter.
During the production phase of the project students:
It is important for the students to talk about their photos. Through talk they begin to realize the way a photo was framed, and the angle from which it was shot, could change it’s meaning.
During this project, the students did not like this photo of the boy standing in front of the graffiti because they thought it made him look guilty. After much discussion they decided to take another photograph from a different angle and distance to reflect their intended message.
All work can be done with simple writing programs on the computer. Print copies of each page.
Students then decide on the layout of the book. You might want to appoint a small group of students to make these decisions including designing the cover and inside title page of the book.
Copies of the book can be printed and bound at a self-serve store.
Have a book launch to celebrate the completion of the project. The students at St Patrick School had a small celebration and every child received their own copy of the classbook. Feedback from their families was very positive.