for teachers

click! photography changes everything explores photography's impact on our history, culture, and lives. One of the most important goals of click! is to use the extraordinary photographic collections at the Smithsonian to encourage teachers and their students to investigate:
  • Why photographs are made
  • How and why photographs command our attention
  • How photographs are encoded with values
  • How the meaning of photographs changes depending on the knowledge and perspectives we bring to them

To help students acquire the skills needed to be critical viewers and users of visual imagery, the Smithsonian Photography Initiative has created the classroom activities featured below which are geared towards grades 6-12 and aligned with National Standards. Additionally, we'd like to hear from you about how you are using click! in the classroom.

classroom guides

Lesson Plan I (download PDF) Designed for Grades 6-8, this lesson, based on the theme Photography Changes Who We Are, examines the role photographs play in representing ourselves and our communities.
Lesson Plan II (download PDF) Designed for Grades 9-12, this lesson, based on the theme Photography Changes What We Want, asks students to explore the concept of celebrity and the role photography plays.

click! lesson plans from teachers

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8th Grade (US)

A lesson plan created by a Language Arts teacher in Lincoln, Nebraska with the following objectives:

· identify the 5 w’s (who, what, when, where, why) within non-fiction texts
· compare and contrast form of a non-fiction vs. fiction text
· discuss objective vs. subjective point-of-view

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Sam Costello

Tatianna Hill

Taylor Lothson

Tien Nguyen