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A Photo Essay by Russell Lee
Lesson 2
Pictures, Images and Photographs

Enduring Understandings:

  • Images have power and influence in people’s lives.
  • Some people use art to express their thoughts and feelings about the social condition.

Essential Questions:

  • How do historians use images to understand the past?
  • In what ways has art been used to make statements about social conditions?


11.10 (B) analyze the effects of changing demographic patterns resulting from immigration to the United States

11.2 (C) analyze social issues, such as the treatment of minorities, child labor, growth of cities, and problems of immigrants

11. 14 (D) identify actions of government and the private sector to expand economic opportunities to all citizens

11.17 (A) analyze the effects of 20th-century landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions, such as Brown v. Board of Education, Regents of the University of California v. Bakke, and Reynolds v. Sims

11.21 (B) explain efforts of the Americanization movement to assimilate immigrants into American culture

11.24 (C) explain and apply different methods that historians use to interpret the past, including the use of primary and secondary sources, points of view, frames of reference, and historical context

11.24 (F) identify bias in written, oral, and visual material

11.24 (G) support a point of view on a social studies issue or event


1. Pictures, Images and Photographs handout


The students will:

1. Explain the difference in the terms pictures, images, and photographs

Anticipatory Set (Attention Getter):

The teacher will:

Display a copy of a photograph and ask students what they would call this item.


The teacher will:

A. Introduce the lesson by explaining:

As we learn about the photojournalist Russell Lee and his work, it is important to become familiar with the vocabulary used to discuss what are commonly called “pictures.”

B. Guide the students through the Interactive Notes: Pictures, Images and Photographs.

Guidelines for using Interactive Notes:

  1. Duplicate enough copies of the student worksheet Interactive Notes for each student.
  2. Using an overhead projector sheet copy of the Teacher Version of the Interactive Notes, the teacher will guide the students through the notes by reading the notes and writing the words that go in the blanks, allowing the students to copy the correct words as they follow along. Only one line of print should be shown at one time to keep the students focused on the discussion. When notes are complete, the teacher asks students to read the notes aloud, and the teacher answers any questions that students have about the notes.


The teacher will ask the student to explain the difference in how the terms picture, image, and photograph are used.


Completion of the Interactive Notes will constitute the evaluation of this lesson.

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