Inspired by the project Typecast at Photoville from September 12-22, 2019
Lesson Overview

In this lesson students will create a self portrait diptych inspired by the project Typecast. Students will begin by reflecting on their identity and stereotypes they inherited from the world around them. After reflecting on their personal and public identities, students will examine the work of Typecast drawing conclusion to the artists’ overall concept. Lastly, students will use their analyses of Typecast as inspiration for their own diptych featuring their typecast self versus their ideal self.

This lesson was written with both digital and traditional classes in mind with multiple options to fit the needs of both.

Learning Objectives

Analyze and identify the importance of media literacy

Understand and identify image portrayals, constructions, and representations within media.

Create two self-portraits based on personal narratives.

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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!


Caitlin Gibbons, Josh Boccheciamp, Diana Liu, Leonardo Sorto, Naeta Rohr, and Jeffery Romanow


Caitlin Gibbons

Featuring photography by

Haruka Sakaguchi and Griselda San Martin

Grade Level

6th – 12th grade


Humanities (History, ELA, Art)

Time Required

4 – 8 class sessions

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