|Creating a Primary Source
One easy way to create
your own primary source is to take a photograph. Be as creative as you
wantchoose a theme or simply take a random shot. Some Ideas ...
1. Photograph a building that is architecturally interesting. You might want to
create a scrapbook, computer slide show, or Web page tour of buildings in your
2. Have students create an autobiographical stamp or trading card using a self
3. Taking a field trip to the zoo is a great way to introduce photography and
learn about animals at the same time. Zoo animals are wonderful candidates for
pictures. Many will "perform" for the audience.
5. Have your students explore the "hidden" world around them by having them
locate and photograph lines, shapes, and angles. You will be fascinated by the
variety that can be found. This could be incorporated into a math lesson.
6. What makes a city vibrant? Main Street USA, especially in cities, is
generally a hive of activity during the lunch hour. Students can photograph all
sorts of interesting people, objects, and signs. Pick photos from each
student's portfolio to form an exhibit of City Life or Cityscapes.
7. Create a time capsule
of photographs to document the current year. Hand the time capsule down
to a class that will open it in five or ten years or donate it to the
local historical society. You might want to involve senior citizens in
Let's take a peek behind the scenes at The Library of Congress in the Prints and Photographs Division with one of the curators.
Maricia Battle, Curator