Use this exercise when looking at several photographs of one site either working with postcard images or in the museum gallery. Ask students to choose one word to describe what they see in the photographs as a whole. Share selected words with your class. Examples might include "helping," "neighborhood," or specific descriptions such as "fishing," or "sheep." Each one-word description will become an opportunity to ask leading questions, such as "What about the photographs suggested this word to you?" Students should cite specific details seen within the work to support their responses. Have students collaborate to construct a poem from the one-word descriptions their group identified

Midwife Jane Arnold attends Sunshin and Robert Gordon hours before the birth of their first child.
Gelatin silver print
© Sylvia Plachy 1999
Olivia Gordon looks at her father, Robert, moments after delivery.
Gelatin silver print
© Sylvia Plachy 1999    This page last updated September 24, 2000.

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