Becoming the Subject: Using Photographs to Move from Description to Narration

This lesson guides students from writing a neutral description of a photograph to writing a close, first person narrative. Working individually and in small groups, students explore point-of-view and what John Gardner called psychic distance. This demonstration is an empathy building exercise disguised as a creative writing activity, and relies heavily on collaboration.

Standards: 

Writing Strand 2 Concept 3 Pos 1-5, Strand 2 Concept 4 PO 3

Year: 

2008