Worth a Thousand Words
Provide learners with a deeper understanding of the Special Olympics and those who participate in it, valuing diversity as a strength. Students may seek opportunities to get involved as a volunteer providing a needed service, directly with the participants, indirectly through fundraising or providing support, or through advocacy.
The purpose of this activity is to provide the photography students and the students from the Special Arts class an opportunity to meet each other prior to their involvement in the Special Olympic Games.
This lesson will focus on basic camera terminology, the techniques used to frame successful photographs, and determination as to how photographers and their photographs can and are being used to promote the common good.
The learners will attend the Special Olympics events that include their assigned Special Olympics participant and use their knowledge of the camera and picture taking techniques to photograph the participant during their event(s). They will select photos and key words/phrases that will be used in the development of a portfolio that will culminate in the development of a portfolio display.
The learners will be involved in a service project that features a prominent display of a collage composed of the action photos selected in Lesson Three (plus the words and/or phrases identified by the learners and participants as 'reflecting their feelings' about their day together), along with each portfolio. This display is intended to provide an awareness of Special Olympics, a recognition for the participants, and to promote future volunteer involvement in Special Olympics and/or other such civil society organizations.