Who We Are and Who They Say We Are

Inspired by the project The Wall, featured on the 7th Edition of The Photoville Fence, exhibited in public parks and downtowns across 8 cities in North America.
Lesson Overview

Students will identify and interrupt dominant narratives in the media by creating visual projects that tell a counter-narrative about themselves and/or their community.

Photograph by Griselda San Martin

Learning Objectives
  • Analyze and critique documentary photographs
  • Identify and discuss dominant narratives about the Wall and immigration
  • Explore identity of self, or others and community
  • Create counter-narrative visual projects that address and interrupt the dominant/mainstream narrative.

This lesson plan was created during United Photo Industries’ Spring 2019 Teacher Professional Development Day. Many thanks to PhotoWings for supporting UPI Education!


Autumn Jenkins, Chela Crinnion, Gordon Berroa, Wendy Barrales, and Griselda San Martin

Featuring photography by

Griselda San Martin

Grade Level

6th – 12th grade


Social Studies, Photography, Humanities

Time Required

2 – 3 class sessions

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