Social Justice Collage


Link to social justice tackk

Social Justice Collage: In this project students create a graphic poster that illustrates one social justice theme using found images and / or original photographs.

  • Extra Credit – a second graphic poster that speaks to multiple social justice (SJ) themes.

Students, without access to cameras or mobile phones with cameras, are required to;

  • Search and download large images from the internet
  • Use Photoshop (PS) to develop a graphic poster
  • Write a reflection / critique of final collage and cite three research sources

Researching Images:

_____            Create a folder on your desktop.  Label it using your first name, last name and period. (For example, Jane Doe Pd1) This folder will be your main folder.  Place all your work for this class inside. Be sure to label each project in a subfolder; Your Name_Period_SJ (For example, Jane Doe Pd1 SJ)

 _____           Use Google images to locate large images that represent one of the social justice themes discussed in class / tackk.  Place images in a folder on your desktop within your main folder, label your subfolder; Your Name_Period_SJ

 _____           Images must be larger than 200K (remember, it is always better to shrink an image later than not have enough information in an image)

_____            Take production notes in your journal that reflect the process of making your project, write down any issues and concerns


_____           Set the size for final output to 11″X14″ @ 300 DPI (dots per inch), Set Color Mode to RGB

_____            Save your multilayered PSD file on computer, share a flattened versions

_____            Save As >

_____            Subject email heading; Social Justice Collage

Original Photography:  (if the student has access to a camera)       

 _____           Photograph subject using the RAW format (if possible) with a Gray Card

_____            Students are encouraged to photograph multiple versions from different angles

_____            Subjects must be in focus or you will be asked to reshoot

_____            Create and label a new folder on your desktop (do this for each new project)

_____            Save original image files as a digital negative (DNG files) in your folder

_____            Take production notes that can be reflected on in your summary; camera, lighting, focal length of your lens, time of day, etc.

Written Summary: (Understanding of Media)  

_____            Written summary in Word, include your name, period and the date

_____            Describe your final image in photographic compositional terms. Speak about the multiple photography tools and strategies used to create your image.

_____            Write a personal reflection / critique of your final image, cite three research materials / websites


_____           Set the size for final output to 11″X14″ @ 300 DPI (dots per inch), Set Color Mode to RGB

_____            Email a flattened JPEG file, keep PSD file on computer

_____            Save As >

_____            Subject email heading;  Social Justice Collage


4 – Excellent work – Met all requirements and handed in work either early or on time – 100 – 90  3 – Good work – Met most requirements and handed in work on time – 89 – 76 2 – Satisfactory – Met few requirements – work handed in late – 75 – 65 1 – Incomplete – Did not meet any set requirements and/or no work was submitted – 64 – 55

BENCHMARKS: (Photography, Photoshop and Social Skills to be mastered, when applicable.)

  • _____ Photo: Uses the appropriate semi-automatic and manual camera settings for a given situation
  • _____ Photo: Uses a Gray card to set proper exposure
  • _____ Photo: Uses a Hand held meter
  • _____ Photo: Sets up and shuts down a studio set
  • _____ Photo: Sets up and uses Tungsten lighting
  • _____ Photo:  Sets up and uses Strobe lighting
  • _____ PS: Ability to search and download appropriate images for project
  • _____ PS: Creating and using layer masks
  • _____ PS: Retouching images using the PS retouching tools
  • _____ PS: Cropping, resizing and using rulers and guides
  • _____ PS: Work in Adobe Camera Raw
  • _____ PS: Converting images to black and white
  • _____ PS: Scanning images and preparing for output
  • _____ PS: Preparing an image for printing
  • _____ Social: Working independently in the photo studio
  • _____ Social: Working independently on location
  • _____ Social: Critiquing the work of professional, peers and one’s self
  • _____ Social: Speaking with Subjects (or respect for objects) before, during and after a photo shoot

 Common Core:

Key Ideas and Details

  • RST.9-10.3. Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks, attending to special cases or exceptions defined in the text.

Craft and Structure

  • RST.9-10.4. Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9–10 texts and topics.

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

  • RST.9-10.7. Translate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text into visual form (e.g., a table or chart) and translate information expressed visually or mathematically (e.g., in an equation) into words.

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