Photo Essay Project
We have covered the basic components of essay writing. You know about compelling thesis statements, gripping introductions and conclusions, unified, organized supporting paragraphs, clear sentences, and graceful transitions. While we all agree on the terminology of these essay components, they often remain somewhat fuzzy as concepts when it comes to actually writing an essay. In this assignment, you will use a visual context to develop a better understanding of the ingredients of essay writing and to focus your descriptive and observation writing.
Instead of just writing an essay, you will “show” an essay with photos and write text to accompany the photos. You will work with the interplay of textual and visual expression to establish and substantiate a thesis based on your observations.
By creating a photo essay you will gain:
· a new perspective: this project will prompt you to consider the "non-linear" aspect of the writing process (prewriting, drafting, revising, polishing),
· practice using several writing strategies (choosing a subject, determining your audience, identifying a theme, collecting and compiling information, supporting your theme by choosing your content, organizing your information, focusing your material, creating an introduction and conclusion, practicing concise & meaningful word-choice, polishing your presentation)
1. Choose a subject matter and formulate a thesis.
2. Collect your "data” by taking several photos that may relate to your idea.
3. Organize your photos by determining an introduction, body, and conclusion.
4. Write a concise, sharp, meaningful text for each photo or photo chunk.
5. Choose a title for your essay that expresses your theme (thesis).
6. Prepare a visual display for presenting your photo essay to the class.
Writing Considerations
· Plan the connection between textual and visual components. How will you use both your writing and your photos to communicate your thesis to your audience?
· Consider your style. How can you best communicate your message to your audience and still create an essay that reflects you as a writer/creator?
· Decide on format. How will you display your photo essay?
_ content (interesting subject matter for you and your audience)
_ that your photo essay and the accompanying text work together to demonstrate a clear theme (thesis)
_ the thesis is well-developed and substantiated
_ your essay is appropriately constructed for your intended audience
_ that you have an organizational strategy that is justified by the arrangement of photographs and text
_ that each photo and caption support your theme (thesis)
_ that you have an introductory and concluding photos and paragraphs
_ language and style
_ timely completion and preparation for presentation (including visual display of essay)
_ creative, thoughtful, and original work