“A Thousand Words”

The world of man dances in laughter and tears.
Kabir (Mystic Philosopher 1398-1518)

The Family of ManThe Family of Man

thousand_short    Word version of the Thousand Words Project (short)  

Can you think of a photograph that holds special meaning for you? It can be a personal photograph, someone in your family, a famous photograph or a photograph from the news in the present or the past.

Look at these examples: Pictory – Life Before Your Eyes

Summary of the Project:
In this project you will

1. choose a photograph that means something to you
2. write a composition/essay inspired by the photograph you chose
3. write a summary about the setting of the photograph
4. learn about plagiarism (you will make up comprehension questions for an unseen text about plagiarism)
5. present your photograph orally to the rest of the class
6. hand in your work to your teacher
7. create an online photo album (optional)


Write these details about the photograph you chose. Answer in full sentences in one paragraph. Check your spelling and sentence structure.

Write your name, class and school at the top of the page
Give your photograph a title.
What is the name of the photographer?
Where was the photograph taken?
When was the photograph taken?

Write a descriptive essay or a story  inspired by your photograph:

Descriptive Essay:

Write an essay that shows the readers, rather than tells. Use enough detail to help the reader form a picture of what is being written about. Use lots of descriptive language and details. Descriptive writing can be done as an essay (3-4 paragraphs), or as a story or a poem.

Your essay should have this form:
Title: “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words”
Paragraph 1:
Think of an interesting opening sentence. Here are ideas for opening sentences:

Give some details about the background, time, place, person. How are you connected to this background?

Paragraphs 2 and 3
The body of your essay. This can include descriptions, behavior, events, feelings

Paragraph 4
This is a concluding paragraph. Tell how everything ended or what effect this had on you.

While you are writing,  answer these questions:

  1. Why is this picture important?
  2. What was the person/people in the photograph doing?
  3. What other things were happening?
  4. Is there anything specific that stands out in your mind?
  5. What sights, smells, sounds, and tastes were in the air?
  6. What do you want the reader to feel after reading the essay?
  7. What types of words and images can create this feeling?
  8. Can you think of another situation that was similar to the one you are
    writing about?
  9. How can it help explain what you are writing about?

Write a summary (200 words) of the setting of the photograph you chose. 
The setting can be historical, social, political, personal, geographical.

Learn how to summarize a text – click here.

Use your own words. Points will be taken off for plagiarising.

Read this text about “Plagiarism”.

Think of 10 questions for the text. Use different kinds of questions

Part V:
Present your work orally to the rest of the class.

Part VI:
Putting it all together and handing your work in to your teacher.

Example descriptive essay:  Caravan 104, Hulda, by Hilla Krausz

Assessment Checklist:

      Part I: Writing details about the photograph  (10 points)
      Part II: Writing a descriptive essay (30 points)
      Part III: Creating questions for the Unseen passage (15 points)
      Part IV: Writing a summary about the setting (30 points)
      Part V: Presenting your photograph orally (5 points)
      Part VI: Putting it all together  (10 points)
      Cover page (title of project, your name, class, date)  (1 point)
      Introduction (3 points)
      Table of contents (1 point)
      All the stages of the project, written by you* either by hand or on the computer.
      (1 point)
      Conclusion (3 points)
      Reflection (4 points)
      Bibliography (names of books, encyclopedias and internet sites you used) (1 point)

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