YMCA + VII Academy - Youth Voices Lesson Plans

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LESSON PLANS


Subject: Photographing in the community


En/Youth Voices Planning 4/15 Lesson topic:

Photographing in the community Goals of class today. What major points do you want students to take away from class? 1. Discuss access and photographing people on assignment 2. Discuss how important it is for a community to be fairly represented in the news 3. Spend extra time in breakout rooms discussing ongoing projects (Present to students) Roadmap. Give students an overview of today’s class and what we will be focusing on. How does class content today prepare students for accomplishing the term goal? · Michelle Agins on assignment · Breakout rooms discussing projects Video link(s): https://www.nytimes.com/video/multimedia/1247466845581/on-assignment-with michelle-agins.html?src=vidm Why are you discussing these events with students? 1. Show the teens how you can “cover” a faraway event like the 2010 Haiti earthquake in your own community 2. Show how photography can get you access to people you might not ordinarily meet 3. Show how photography can inform and influence the public – that a disaster far away affects people in their own community Group discussion questions following video: Call on students by name to “pass” or contribute. · How does Michelle make pictures about the 2010 earthquake in Haiti without going to Haiti? · Do you think photographing a Haitian church in Brooklyn is a good way to show how the earthquake affected people? · If you got this assignment instead of Michelle, what pictures would you take?

Consider an interactive activity that relates to the group discussion. Activity description: · Weekly Assignment: · Describe assignment to students. If relevant, model for students one aspect of the assignment as a group. · Continue photographing your project and upload 10 new pictures to the Google Drive · Describe to students how this assignment fits into overall term goal. Breakout room topical focus for this week: Discussing community projects

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En/Youth Voices Planning 5/13 Lesson topic:

Photographing in the community Notes:

Goals of class today. What major points do you want students to take away from class? 1. Discuss approaches to community projects 2. Discuss strategies to fairly represent a community in pictures 3. Spend extra time in breakout rooms discussing ongoing projects 4. (Present to students) Roadmap. Give students an overview of today’s class and what we will be focusing on. How does class content today prepare students for accomplishing the term goal? · Paccarik Orue on a community project · Breakout rooms discussing projects Video link(s): https://youtu.be/n16hfWLLo9w Why are you discussing these events with students? 1. Show the teens how you can make a community that is widely regarded as dangerous and ugly as being beautiful and hopeful. 2. Show how you can come up with ideas that will help steer your project 3. Show some techniques for asking permission and interacting with your subjects Group discussion questions following video: Call on students by name to “pass” or contribute. · How does Paccarik interact with the people he’s photographing? Does it seem friendly or more businesslike? · Do you think photography can change people’s minds about a community? · What do you think is beautiful or interesting in your community?

Consider an interactive activity that relates to the group discussion. Activity description: · Weekly Assignment: · Describe assignment to students. If relevant, model for students one aspect of the assignment as a group. · Continue photographing your project and upload 10 new pictures to the Google Drive · Describe to students how this assignment fits into overall term goal. Breakout room topical focus for this week: Discussing community projects Closing

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Subject: Photographing a day in your life


En/Youth Voices Planning 5/27 Lesson topic:

Photographing a day in your life Notes: Want to slow the pace of the class down as I get the sense that students really don’t feel confident yet in going out into their communities and photographing

Goals of class today. What major points do you want students to take away from class? 1. Drawing inspiration from your own identity and family history 2. Lay out a four week project photographing a day in your life and presenting it to class 3. Discuss the steps needed to complete the project: wish list, carry your camera and photograph your day, edit and tone images, present them to the class in 2 minutes 4. (Present to students) Roadmap. Give students an overview of today’s class and what we will be focusing on. How does class content today prepare students for accomplishing the term goal? · Micaiah Carter on drawing inspiration from family photographs and family history · Day in the life Video link(s): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8l3XZV9Rus0 Why are you discussing these events with students? 1. Show the teens how they can find sources of artistic inspiration in their own home and family 2. Show how you can come up with ideas that will help steer your project 3. Show how fashion photography can be about more than the clothes Group discussion questions following video: Call on students by name to “pass” or contribute. · Are Micaiah’s fashion pictures about the clothes or something else? · What do you see when you look at old family photos? Consider an interactive activity that relates to the group discussion. Activity description: · Looking at a day in Ben’s life as a 2 minute presentation then discuss what he photographed and why Weekly Assignment: · Describe assignment to students. If relevant, model for students one aspect of the assignment as a group. · Make wish list of 15 photographs that will represent a day in your life · Describe to students how this assignment fits into overall term goal. Clearly show a roadmap for Wish list next week, followed by taking the pictures and edit in breakout rooms, followed by presenting a day in your life to the class. Closing

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En/Youth Voices Planning 6/03 Lesson topic:

Photographing a day in your life Notes: It’s a good opportunity to give the teens a tech refresher – Tsar will lead a workshop on setting the aperture.

Goals of class today. What major points do you want students to take away from class? 1. Drawing inspiration from your own identity and family history 2. Looking at Day in your life pictures and thinking about presenting it to class 3. Refresher on technical skills by Tsar - APERTURE (Present to students) Roadmap. Give students an overview of today’s class and what we will be focusing on. How does class content today prepare students for accomplishing the term goal? · Icebreaker: Micaiah Carter on drawing inspiration from family photographs and family history - Aperture (in-class assignment) · Day in the life Video link(s): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8l3XZV9Rus0 Why are you discussing these events with students? 1. Show the teens how they can find sources of artistic inspiration in their own home and family 2. Show how you can come up with ideas that will help steer your project 3. Show how fashion photography can be about more than the clothes Group discussion questions following video: Call on students by name to “pass” or contribute. · Are Micaiah’s fashion pictures about the clothes or something else? · What do you see when you look at old family photos? Consider an interactive activity that relates to the group discussion. Activity description:

30 min In-Class Assignment Depth of field: 1. Pick an object of interest where you are that relates to a day in your life! 2. Place camera on a nearby flat surface (this will maintain the same distance of camera to subject and also allow you to take pictures at various speeds below 1/60th of a second without camera shake) 3. Set camera to the AUTO MODE and take one picture of the selected subject. Record the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO settings. 4. Keeping the camera in the same spot, change the camera settings to the APERTURE PRIORITY MODE and select f/3.5 for the aperture. Take another picture. Record the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO settings. 5. Keeping the camera in the same spot, and keeping in aperture priority, now change the aperture to f/16. Take a picture. Record the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO settings. See the difference in Depth of Field!

30 mins Breakout Rooms


Looking at Day in the Life pictures

Weekly Assignment: · Take 20 more photographs that will represent a day in your life Describe assignment to students. If relevant, model for students one aspect of the assignment as a group. · Describe to students how this assignment fits into overall term goal. Clearly show a roadmap for taking the pictures and edit in breakout rooms, followed by presenting a day in your life to the class.

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En/Youth Voices Planning 6/10 Lesson topic:

Photographing a day in your life Notes:

Goals of class today. What major points do you want students to take away from class? 1. Discuss approaches to community projects 2. Discuss strategies to fairly represent a community in pictures 3. Spend extra time in breakout rooms discussing ongoing projects 4. (Present to students) Roadmap. Give students an overview of today’s class and what we will be focusing on. How does class content today prepare students for accomplishing the term goal? · Paccarik Orue on a community project · Breakout rooms discussing projects Video link(s): https://youtu.be/n16hfWLLo9w Why are you discussing these events with students? 1. Show the teens how you can make a community that is widely regarded as dangerous and ugly as being beautiful and hopeful. 2. Show how you can come up with ideas that will help steer your project 3. Show some techniques for asking permission and interacting with your subjects Group discussion questions following video: Call on students by name to “pass” or contribute. · How does Paccarik interact with the people he’s photographing? Does it seem friendly or more businesslike? · Do you think photography can change people’s minds about a community? · What do you think is beautiful or interesting in your community?

Consider an interactive activity that relates to the group discussion. Activity description: · Weekly Assignment: · Describe assignment to students. If relevant, model for students one aspect of the assignment as a group. · Continue photographing your project and upload 10 new pictures to the Google Drive · Describe to students how this assignment fits into overall term goal. Breakout room topical focus for this week: Discussing community projects Closing

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Notes: It’s a good opportunity to give the teens a tech refresher – Tsar will lead a workshop on setting


the aperture.

Goals of class today. What major points do you want students to take away from class? 1. Drawing inspiration from your own identity and family history 2. Looking at Day in your life pictures and editing them into a presentation in breakout groups (Present to students) Roadmap. Give students an overview of today’s class and what we will be focusing on. How does class content today prepare students for accomplishing the term goal? · Icebreaker (optional): Micaiah Carter on drawing inspiration from family photographs and family history · Writing prompt: Who are you in school? Who are you outside of school? Discuss answers in breakout rooms, with an eye towards making day in the life pictures that speak to those feelings of having different identities in different environments. Day in the life (editing in breakout rooms, using Lightroom to demo toning and organizing collections) Icebreaker video link(s): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8l3XZV9Rus0 Why are you discussing this video with students? 1. Show the teens how they can find sources of artistic inspiration in their own home and family 2. Show how you can come up with ideas that will help steer your project 3. Show how fashion photography can be about more than the clothes Group discussion questions following video: Call on students by name to “pass” or contribute. · Are Micaiah’s fashion pictures about the clothes or something else? · What do you see when you look at old family photos? Consider an interactive activity that relates to the group discussion. Activity description: Looking at Day in the Life pictures In breakout rooms we will look at a wide edit of the students’ Day in the Life pictures and help them create sequences and identify more pictures they might want to make before their presentation. Weekly Assignment: · Take 20 more photographs that will represent a day in your life • Next class is field trip to Arnold Arboretum (?) Describe assignment to students. If relevant, model for students one aspect of the assignment as a group. · Describe to students how this assignment fits into overall term goal. Clearly show a roadmap for taking the pictures and edit in breakout rooms, followed by presenting a day in your life to the class.

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