Pictures contest provides college students a voice
College students in Lissa Lycan’s seventh grade English class at Montezuma-Cortez Center Faculty linked literature and pictures to discover their environments this quarter, culminating in a pictures contest.
Touching Sprit Bear, a novel by Ben Mikaelsen, is a coming-of-age story a few boy struggling to work by way of anger and ache within the Alaskan wilderness. The category learn the novel as a part of a English Language Arts unit. In an effort to attach the story’s themes and ideas with their very own lives, Lycan led her college students on explorations of their setting by way of the lenses of their cellphone cameras.
College students realized tips on how to higher compose pictures taken with their cellphones and tips on how to edit them utilizing a cellphone app. Lycan selected cellphones for the undertaking as a result of they’re extra accessible than conventional cameras and provides college students extra alternatives to precise themselves and seize photographs of their environments.
Whereas all college students within the class participated within the novel studying, pictures classes and exploratory picture-taking classes, participation within the contest was voluntary. Collaborating college students submitted greater than 100 pictures. Many have been taken throughout class classes, however a number of college students ventured exterior college for inspiration.
Bradey Fresquez submitted pictures from a mountain climbing membership outing. He mentioned the e book related with him as a result of he enjoys being outside. He additionally had an curiosity in pictures earlier than the competition and loved studying extra about tips on how to take and edit pictures. One in all his nature pictures gained third place total.
Taking a special observe, Nora Moore mentioned she centered on the folks in her setting and submitted pictures of her greatest buddy, Bahati Henderson, certainly one of which gained named Finest Portrait.
Images have been judged by 4 native skilled photographers – Mark Montgomery, Bram Jenkins, Corey Robinson and Sweta Desai. Lycan mentioned she was glad for the judges’ assist. Lycan admitted her data of pictures was restricted, however that the purpose of the undertaking was extra about giving college students a secure area to share their setting with others. She was happy to see what number of college students loved the pictures classes and have been keen to share their work along with her and different classmates.
The profitable pictures have been printed on canvas and shall be completely displayed on the college. Lycan mentioned that displaying the pictures “provides college students a voice and shares their perspective with others.” College students have been additionally given a small canvas print of their profitable photograph to take residence at a seventh-grade awards night time celebration Could 14 that commemorated their accomplishments for the yr.