A Lens Into Our Community

Based on the project North Shore, exhibited at Photoville from September 13 – 23, 2018 in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Lesson Overview

Students use photos to examine layers of communities and explore representations of identities. Students will be asked to create their stories about their communities with visuals.

Photograph by Gareth Smit

Learning Objectives
  • Develop skills in photography, interviewing, storytelling, and presentation
  • Examine questions of place and belonging
  • Design and create narratives regarding community through visuals and oral interviews

This lesson plan was created during United Photo Industries’ Fall 2018 Teacher Professional Development Day. Many thanks to PhotoWings for supporting UPI Education!


Diana Liu, Chris Martin, Patricia Burmicky, Adriana Palmer, Clarence Sheppard, and Gareth Smit

Featuring photography by

Gareth Smit

Grade Level

9th – 12th grade


Photography, English Language Arts, History

Time Required

10 class sessions

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