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  • I, the basket: Writing a first-person story as an inanimate object: In this interdisciplinary lesson for grade seven, students explore the first-person point of view through children's literature and images of Nepal. Students exhibit their understanding of first-person narrative by writing a children's story from the perspective of an inanimate object.
  • Photo analysis: Focus on population: A worksheet for students to use when analyzing photographs, focusing on information about the population of the region in which they were taken.
  • Ecuador: A study of population: In this lesson, students will create population pyramid graphs and analyze photographs to investigate population in Ecuador. Students will draw on this analysis to make predictions about how population issues will affect Ecuador's future. The lesson plan is designed to be adapted to the study of various countries.

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Nudging students toward higher-level thinking can be easier than you (or they) might guess. An interesting photograph can serve as a springboard to discussions at all levels, from the simplest to the most complex.

This example, taken from the online collections of the American Memory Project, will show you how. At each level of the Bloom’s Taxonomy, we provide sample questions about the photograph as well as cues and prompts for further questioning. Use the Bloom’s pyramid to move between levels.

Open the photo and questions (in a new window)