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Lesson Plans for "Rondal Partridge, NYA Photographer"

Contributed by: Stanlee Brimberg, a teacher at the Bank Street School for Children in New York. He has contributed articles and consulting services to several teachers' and children's publications and online teaching-resource projects.


Lesson 1: Images of the Depression Era

Estimated Class Time: 1-3 class periods. Class time will vary according to grade, ability and the prior knowledge of the Depression Era. Suitable for junior high through high school.

Students will examine and interpret photographs taken by Rondal Partridge, a documentary photographer who worked with Dorothea Lange during the Depression Era. In addition, students will read and interpret Partridge's original captions for the images. A study of the photographs will enable students to visualize the effects of the Depression on some of America's young people. The reading of the captions will provide background information and an opportunity to learn about historical perspective.


Lesson 2: Documentary Photography and the Photographic Essay

Estimated Class Time: 1-2+ class periods. Class time will vary according to grade, ability and goals of the curriculum. Suitable for junior high through high school.

Students will develop visual literacy skills and learn about the work of Rondal Partridge as a documentary photographer during the Great Depression. Students will learn about considerations such as subject, composition, light, and perspective and about what a photographic essay is.