One Story Lesson Plan: Design a spread or photo essay

January 30, 2015 at 3:56 pm

Title

One Story: Design a spread (yearbook) or photo essay (newspaper)

Description

Using the graphics from the “Other Than Honorable” project by the Colorado Springs Gazette, students will create a design suitable for publication.

Objectives

  • Students will develop a yearbook or newspaper spread/page that applies design principles and narrows the topic “Other Than Honorable.”
  • Students will use technology to size, color-correct and place photos.
  • Students will analyze text to create modular/secondary coverage.

Common Core State Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.WHST.11-12.2a Introduce a topic and organize complex ideas, concepts, and information so that each new element builds on that which precedes it to create a unified whole; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., figures, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.WHST.11-12.9 Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.WHST.11-12.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information.

Length

250 minutes (plus homework) (This will take approximately one week of school time or five 50-minute periods)

Materials / resources

“Other Than Honorable” series

“Other Than Honorable” ZIP packages of page designs (5.7 MB) and photos (4.6 MB)

Computers with desktop publishing software, if possible

Handout: Yearbook sample 1 (these is a traditional yearbook spread)

Handout: Yearbook sample 2 (this one is more in-depth reporting)

Handout: Newspaper photo essay sample 1 and sample 2

Handout: Secondary coverage options checklist

Rubric: Other Than Honorable

Lesson step-by-step

  1. Introduction — 15 minutes

Show pages and photos from the “Other Than Honorable” project by the Colorado Springs Gazette. Begin describing details of the week-long project. 

  1. Activity (this will take 3-4 class periods to complete)

Students will develop a double-page spread or page using images and stories from “Other Than Honorable” project by the Colorado Springs Gazette. They will choose the photos needed, balance color as needed, write captions, develop and write sidebars, and place all elements on the page or spread.

For yearbook:

Develop a double-page spread based on the “Other Than Honorable” series. You will choose the photos needed, color balance them, write the captions, develop and write sidebars, and choose the story for the spread.

Choose the photos

Sort through the photos provided. Choose the ones you would like to use on your spread.  (Complete for homework if you do not finish in class) 

Create a dummy (homework)

Using the photos you chose, create a rough sketch of how the spread will look, applying principles of design. Your spread should include: an eyeline, dominant photo, 7-9 total photos, captions, headline/body copy, and at least one type of secondary coverage.

Coverage (homework or classwork)

What type of coverage will you include outside of a main body text? Read through the stories provided to determine the one best for your planned design and coverage. Explain the secondary coverage option you plan to complete.

Move to the computer

After your dummy is approved, it must be created on the computer. Create a new document to the specifications provided. Then create your design in the computer design program (InDesign, Online design program, Publisher, or whatever software is available).

Color correct, crop and image size photos chosen.  Save correctly, then place into design.

Write or use the captions provided for each photo.  (Students may need to write captions for homework.  Use Google Drive to copy/paste into design.)

Choose the story

After having read the stories available, choose and edit one of the stories to fit the page.

Print and submit

Proof and edit all written materials. Print one copy scaled to fit.

For newspaper:

Develop a photo essay on the “Other Than Honorable” project by the Colorado Springs Gazette. This page should have a dominant graphic element, one main headline, an introduction to the page/spread, 5-7 total photos, captions, and secondary coverage.

Choose the photos

Sort through the photos provided. Choose the ones you would like to use on your spread.  (Complete for homework if you do not finish in class.)

Create a dummy (homework)

Using the photos you chose, create a rough sketch of how the spread will look. Apply principles of design.

Coverage

What type of coverage will you include outside of the brief introductory text? Explain the secondary copy format or sidebar you plan to complete.

Move to the computer

After your dummy is approved, create it on the computer. Make a new document to the specifications provided. Then create your design in the computer design program (InDesign, Online design program, Publisher, or whatever software is available).

Edit your photos to adjust color, cropping and size as needed for the layout you planned. Save correctly, then place onto the page. Write or use the captions provided for each photo.  (Students may need to write captions for homework. Use Google Drive or similar method to copy/paste into design.)

Add the copy

Incorporate introductory text to accompany the photos, or pull an excerpt from one of the stories from the Colorado Springs Gazette package.

Print and submit

Proof and edit all written materials. Print one copy scaled to fit. 

  1. Sharing and evaluation — 20 minutes

After the layouts are printed, have students swap with their peers. Using the rubric, have them evaluate each other’s work. (This will help reinforce the design rules and expectations, while allowing them to share their work with each other.)

  1. Closure — 5 minutes

Ask students to reflect on the project. How did the “Other Than Honorable” project affect them? What skills did they learn? What difficulties did they face?

Optional — 10 minutes

Allow students to improve their designs based on feedback from the peer review.

Differentiation

For some students, extended time may be necessary.

Students without Internet access may need a contact sheet of the photos to help them choose, as well as printouts of the stories. You could pick one for the student so he/she could read to analyze text for coverage.

If the classroom does not have computer access or desktop publishing software, use use dummy sheets, layout paper or large white paper to sketch and label spreads/pages instead.