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    Flat Stanley Revisited: A Yearbook Staff Photography Project

    Flat Stanley Revisited: A Yearbook Staff Photography Project


    This lesson is designed to help students in a yearbook or photography course gain knowlege and improve thier photography skills by putting into practice skills that have been taught previously using photographs taken by others. They will practice camera angles, position and composition techniques. 

    Flat Stanley Visits Epcot, Experience Kissimee, CC 2.0, Flickr


    This lesson is designed to help yearbook students practice using camera position, angles, and compostion techniques to help improve thier photography skills. They will design thier own Flat Stanley and take them on an adventure using photography skills. Then they will tell the story by creating a slideshow yearbook spread and present it to the class for thier final assessment. 

    Goals and Outcomes

    Learning Intentions:

    • Students will be able to identify different camera positions, angles and composition techniques and use them to improve thier photography skills. 

    Success Criteria:

    • Students will take several photographs using different camera angles, positions and techniques to tell a story through photographs. 
    • Students will use a variety of positions, angles and techniques to show thier photography story
    • Students will showcase thier photographs that sequences thier story on a slideshow yearbook spread


    Student Background Knowledge


    • Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of different camera positions
      • landscape
      • portrait
      • selfie
    • Students will need prior knowledge of the following camera angles
      • Birds Eye
      • Worm's Eye
      • Canted
      • High
      • Low
    • Students will need prior knowledge of the following composition techniques
      • Shadows
      • Reflection
      • Natural Framing
      • Rule of Thirds
      • Focal Point


    This project will take two weeks to complete and includes several sections and steps. A portion of the lesson will require students to work outside of school. Be aware that some students may need access to digital photography equipment and the lesson plan may need to be adapted to fit technology you have access to in your classroom. 

    Complete lesson plan is included in the attachment along with the necessary rubrics. 


    The assessment is the final project presentation to the class.  A rubric has been included in the instruction section of this plan that will allow you to score students ability and knowlege of the skills required to complete the project.