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Lesson 1

Written by Venneasha Davis
November 09, 2017

Objective: Students will be able to identify words or objects that provide the audience with a glimpse of who they are and how they view themselves.

Time: 45 min


  • “Crooked Smile” by J. Cole  
  • Student Journals
  • Old Magazines enough for students to share and cut pictures out of
  • 12 x 18 sheets of construction paper
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors


  1. Do Now (8 minutes): Read the quote and question aloud. “A photograph is a secret.  The more it tells you the less you know.” – Diane Arbus

    What does Arbus mean by this quote? What is your “Crooked Smile”? You know, that one thing that others may see as a flaw, but it represents a part of you or who you are regardless of what others may think.

  2. Explain to the students that they have until the song is over to have a minimum of 6 sentences responding to the question above.   As students begin to write play the song “Crooked Smile” by J. Cole  
  3. Explain to students that In the song “Crooked Smile” by J Cole he says “We ain’t picture perfect but we worth the picture still” How does that relate to the above quote by Diane Arbus? Allow 3-5 minutes for students to use the strategy Think-Pair Share to discuss their thoughts to this question.  
  4. Allow for at least  2 groups to share their response to the question out loud and allow time for at least 2 students to share their response to the question above.
  5. Explain to students that we all have a story to tell and our stories help shape our character.  Ask the students in what ways have we as a people shared our stories throughout history?
  6. Students will share a glimpse of their stories by searching through magazines and cutting out words, and pictures that describe how they see themselves.  Students need a minimum of 8 pictures or words that they are to glue on a 12 x 18 sheet of construction paper.  Under each object students should write a couple words that describes why they selected that object.  For Example, if I cut out a diamond ring maybe it symbolizes how my personality shines bright I may appear glamorous, but if you look close I’m very intricate.  
  7. Allow time for students to share their posters either one at a time or by using a Gallery Walk method where the teachers/facilitator hangs each poster around the room and in small groups students walk around the room to share ideas and respond to meaningful images.
  8. As an homework assignment students are to take 2 selfies of themselves one with filters and one without.  Students can email the pictures or bring them to the next class to show completion.