Picture Perfect (3-5)

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Picture Perfect (3-5)

How can photos be changed on the computer, and how can that affect your feelings about the way you look?

Students consider how digitally manipulated photos can affect the way people feel about their appearance, as well as help sell products. After learning that photos can be transformed on the computer, students first discuss how photo alteration can be both creative and, at times, deceptive. They then watch a short video that shows the evolution of a makeup-free model into a digitally enhanced billboard ad. Finally, students work in groups to analyze the messages on two magazine covers featuring digitally altered photographs.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to ...

  • recognize that photos can be altered digitally, and consider the upsides and downsides of this practice.
  • discuss how photo alteration can distort our perceptions and affect our self-image.
  • analyze how advertising uses photo alteration to help sell products.

 

Alignment with Standards

Common Core State Standards:

Grade 3: RI.4, RI.7, RI.10, RF.4a, SL.1a, SL.1b, SL.1c, SL.1d, SL.6, L.3a, L.6


Grade 4: RI.4, RI.7, RI.10, SL.1a, SL.1b, SL.1c, SL.1d, SL.6, L.3a, L.6


Grade 5: RI.4, RI.7, RI.10, SL.1a, SL.1b, SL.1c, SL.1d, SL.6, L.3a, L.6


ISTE NETS•S:

1a-c, 2a-b, 2d, 3a-d, 4a-d, 5a-d, 6a-b, 6d

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