The lessons below investigate photojournalistic images from the 1940s through the 1970s. These photographs have been used to illustrate stories from newspapers and magazines, providing visual accounts of events that have shaped 20th century history.

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Extra, Extra, Write All About It!
Grades/Level: Middle School (6–8), High School (9–12)
Subjects: Visual Arts, English—Language Arts
Lesson Overview: Students will examine photographs from newspapers and write a headline and story to accompany one.

Their First Murder / Weegee

Newsworthy Images
Grades/Level: Middle School (6–8), High School (9–12)
Subjects: Visual Arts
Lesson Overview: Students examine images made for newspapers and create their own photos to tell a story. They experiment with cropping to reframe their images and explore how photographic images can be manipulated.

John F. Kennedy / Flora

Debating the Bomb
Grades/Level: High School (9–12)
Subjects: Visual Arts, History—Social Science
Lesson Overview: Students will research how the development of the atomic bomb affected people in World War II, participate in a debate about the bomb's use, and investigate how it has affected people's lives since 1945.

Nagasaki Mushroom Cloud / Unknown

Vietnam and the Long-term Effect of War
Grades/Level: High School (9–12)
Subjects: Visual Arts, History—Social Science
Lesson Overview: Students will examine an image of civilians affected by the Vietnam War. They will research and discuss the reasons the Vietnam War began, why America became involved, and what some of the long-term effects of this war have been.

Siege An Loc / Gluck

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