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Photography presentations & practice


This lesson is 12 days long. On each of the odd-numbered days, a student group will present the information they have prepared about a specific exposure technique.  The teacher can facilitate or help to answer questions, but these days should be primarily student-led.  Then, on even-numbered days, the teacher will help to clarify any misunderstandings and provide opportunities for students to practice those techniques and think critically about how the techniques can be adapted in many different photo-taking scenarios.


  • Students will be able to conduct mini research projects on topics about photojournalism, evaluate sources for their accuracy, and present what they’ve learned concisely to others.
  • Students will practice different exposure techniques so that they feel more comfortable using them outside of the classroom.

Common Core State Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.IT.9-10.7 Analyze various accounts of a subject told in different mediums (e.g., a person’s life story in both print and multimedia), determining which details are emphasized in each account.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.2 Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.4 Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.5 Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.


Twelve 45-minute lessons

This lesson can be shortened to nine class periods and used in the nine-week module. To do so, spend six class periods on group presentations and three class periods on practice activities.


Example presentations from aspects of exposure slideshow from previous lesson

Practice activities

Lesson step-by-step

Odd-Numbered Days (1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11)

1. Preparation — 5 minutes

Give the presenting group time to set up and prepare.  Go over listening/participation expectations for the rest of the students in the class.

2. Group presentation — 35 minutes

Other students in the class should take notes, ask questions, and interact as appropriate.

3. Questions — 5 minutes

Allow students to ask questions and clarify as necessary.

Even-Numbered Days (2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12)

1. Review — 10 minutes

Go over yesterday’s presentation and activities.  Review skills with students.  If necessary, go through the example slides that are provided here as a way of explaining things more clearly.

2. Guided practice activities — 35 minutes

Depending on student knowledge and understanding of the skill, have students perform different guided practice activities. Many ideas for these activities are given on a separate document in this lesson.