Our America

Based on the project Documenting Detroit, presented at Photoville 2017 by Documenting Detroit with support from Photowings.
Lesson Overview

Students will show Our America, each defining 1 question that frames the stories they show and tell, towards a public outcome (an exhibition, a printed book or magazine, or a projection).

Learning Objectives
  • Learn skills of photography, interviewing, storytelling, and presentation.
  • Interrogate questions of family, place, and memory.
  • Successfully achieve the envisioned public outcome.

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


Mane Andreasyan, Tyrone Brown-Osborne and Ben Russell with photographer Alan Chin

Featuring photography by

Documenting Detroit fellows

Grade Level

8th – 12th grade


Humanities, Art, Photography

Time Required

15 – 20 class sessions

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