Research and Last Words (ELA)



Students choose one photograph that represents their social justice topic. They will be using these photographs to write in their English class and in their art classes where they will impose photographs of themselves onto the original image. Possible topics will be given to students as a jumping off point, but they are free to come up with other topics that correlate with photographs. All topics and photos must be teacher approved. They will also need to research their topics and write a mini research paper (500 words). In order to present the photograph and its research, students should choose one section of the paper to read aloud in class as they display their photographs on the projector. The final assignment will be to write a letter as if the student is the person in the photograph or a witness to the incident portrayed in the photograph.

Lesson Time

Choose Topic/Teacher Approval
30 Minutes
Begin Research/Collect Sources
50 Minutes
Write Mini-Research Paper
1 - 2 Class Period
Write Last Words Letters
1 - 2 Class Period

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Arts, Media, and Entertainment Arts, Media, and Entertainment
    • Production and Managerial Arts
    • Performing Arts
    • Design, Visual, and Media Arts
K-12 Subjects
  • English-Language Arts
Grade Levels
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

Standards and Objectives


California English Common Core Standards (3)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • The student will be able to:
  • research and explore social justice photographs and topics.
  • research background information on topics and explain their importance.
  • gather source material from various databases, websites, and/or a variety of other sources and use correct MLA format for in text citations and works cited pages.
  • synthesize material and write a mini research report.
  • present findings that teach other students about issues explored and the importance behind the photographs.
  • present possible solutions to the issues.
  • assume the identity of someone related to the photograph and write a "last words" letter in order to demonstrate understanding of the magnitude of the chosen social justice issue.

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