Me: Inside/Outside

Inspired by the exhibition #Thisis18, presented by The New York Times at Photoville from September 12 – 22, 2019.
Lesson Overview

Students will use photos to learn about ourselves and each other, both inside and outside of the classroom. They will focus on what narratives about teenagers exist already, and the narratives they want to present of themselves.

Photograph by Amarachi Chukwuma and Ebunoluwa Osaro Akinbo

Learning Objectives
  • Learn storytelling techniques and editing (self-curation)
  • Reflect on shifting identity as a result of being in/out of school
  • Build a safe community with each other

This lesson plan was created during United Photo Industries’ Spring 2019 Teacher Professional Development Day at the Annenberg Space for Photography presents Photoville LA. Many thanks to PhotoWings for supporting UPI Education!


Leigh Klonsky, Iris Laurencio, Brian Gutierrez, Sandra Stevenson


Jessica Bal

Featuring photography by

Amarachi Chukwuma and Ebunoluwa Osaro Akinbo, and youth photographers featured in #Thisis18

Grade Level

7th – 12th grade


ELA, Visual Arts/Media Literacy, Social-Emotional Skills

Time Required

10 class sessions

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