Stories do not have to be written using words … they can be painted using pictures. When we read stories and poetry, we try to understand and interpret the words of the author or poet. Photographs, paintings and films are different forms of “visual text” that artists, photographers and film makers use to tell stories, express feelings and influence others. In this activity, we will interpret photographs of our environment by looking at them from different perspectives.
Grade 8 and 9
Learning Outcome 3:
Reading and Viewing The learner will be able to read and view for information and enjoyment, and respond critically to the aesthetic, cultural and emotional values in texts. Assessment Standards
Discuss the purpose, audience and context of a text.
Show understanding of information text.
Analyses techniques used to create particular effects in visual texts (e.g. design, camera techniques).
Respond critically to texts.
Discuss socio-cultural, environmental and ethical issues contained in texts. This learning activity is based on an activity published in: Du Toit, D & T Sguazzin. 1999. Camera and context: Using camera to explore environment and curriculum development. Johannesburg. Learning for Sustainability Project.
Learning Activity 1: Five Ws and an H
Select photographs representing various aspects of the lowlands of the
City of Cape Town (e.g. species, landscapes, people, development, issues).
Divide into groups of four. Each group chooses a photograph to analyse.
Brainstorm answers to the questions in the mind map below.
Record your answers to Questions 1 and 2 on your worksheet.
Assessment tasks and tools
Complete Questions 1 and
2 on your worksheet.