"Photo Essay Assignment � Me to We"
Photo Essay Assignment – Me to We We’ve all heard that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, what about a group of pictures? Let’s find out. Now it’s your turn to create a photo-essay. In small groups of 2-3 you will explore a fundamental concept of Me to We, altruism, a pillar that drives this course. For this assignment, you will be required to: Objectives - research the meaning behind altruism and Me to We and try to put it into your own words - create a story line that demonstrates this concept - create a photo-essay that clearly illustrates the story What does a photo-essay look like? - A photo-essay (or photographic essay) is a set or series of photographs that are intended to tell a story or evoke a series of emotions in the viewer. - recommended length of 10 pictures, minimum 6; the maximum length is negotiable - Must somehow relate to the main idea for Me to We: altruism (putting others ahead of one’s self) - You must have a title for your photo-essay. - You must have a brief, one sentence caption for each photograph explaining why it fits where you’ve placed it (check out a site like fotobabble; http://www.fotobabble.com/ if interested) - The text and photographs go together to tell the story - You may use your own photographs or download them from the Internet – but they should be copyright-free. The following sites offer images for use without copyright infringement: www.freedigitalphotos.net, www.freeimages.co.uk, www.pics4learning.com. - Your audience is your classmates and your teacher How do I go about doing this? Just like a written essay, you should brainstorm a topic, gather information, and use that information in your essay – but your information will primarily be what’s provided through photographs. As well, you should plan your essay, organizing it with an introduction, body and conclusion. Steps 1. Brainstorm a topic that relates to the idea of altruism. 2. Write out a draft of your thesis and show it to your teacher for feedback. 3. Create, or search for and gather images that fit your topic. 4. Share your ideas with your classmates in order to get feedback. 5. Once you have some or all of your images gathered, show them to your teacher and share your plan for how those images will be arranged on the page (in electronic or print format). 6. Create a draft of your “essay” to show to a classmate for feedback – for example, can your classmate easily identify your thesis? 7. Revise your photo-essay by rearranging the photographs, or gathering other photographs to include or substitute. 8. Create a final layout of your photographs on Bristol board, or using software such as PowerPoint, Prezi, Comic Life, Photoshop or Word. 9. Double-check the assessment rubric (below) to make sure all criteria have been met. Criteria 4 3 2 1 - highly creative, non-typical; - somewhat creative, original, - questionable creativity and - lacks creativity, lacks originality, unique, appropriate to chosen subject is of assigned topic, conveys originality, subject is weakly related does not follow assignment, topic, conveys strong message, a message, attracts audience to assigned topic, message unclear, message incomplete or disjointed, Content engages audience immediately attention loses audience attention does not attract attention of audience /15 Quality - photos clear, all photos are free - photos generally clear, some - most photos unclear with - photos unfocused; grainy, of unwanted elements, 10+ photos, photos included unwanted unwanted elements, 6-7 photos, unwanted elements included in photos accurately depict elements elements, 7-9 photos, most photos few depict elements of altruism most photos, less than 6 photos, Of of altruism accurately depict elements of photos do not accurately depict altruism elements of altruism Photographs /10 -properly formatted bibliography -properly formatted bibliography - bibliography not properly - bibliography not properly that shows multiple sites explored but limited to four sites explored; formatted and/or 3 or less sites formatted and/or only 1-2 sites and utilized; mastery of software average understanding of software explored; some problems using explored; problems using chosen Format chosen, appropriate music selection chosen, appropriate music selection chosen software and/or software evident, inappropriate for topic for topic inappropriate for topic music selection for topic /5