Website Construction for Teachers
up a new Google Docs page and save it as "Photo Essay
Story." Put your name and today's date in the header of the
each picture below by clicking the icon or the link.
- Incorporate what you see in
each image into a short story. Create your own characters and
- Your goal is for your
reader to visualize what you see in each of the pictures.
- Be creative! Use figurative
language as well as descriptive language for each picture.
This page includes five photos, which may be given to students as a part of an assignment.
- The images are of objects in unexpected contexts.
- Given the nature of the pictures, this photo essay lends itself nicely to a creative writing piece. In addition, they require a broader use of adjectives and adverbs in attempts to create descriptions.
- The photo essay may be completed individually, in groups, or as a whole class.
- The product could include a short story, a play/screenplay, an extended narrative, or a poem.
- The activity can be modified to audio recordings, text, or videos.
The pictures were taken with a smartphone equipped with a camera.
- The pictures were uploaded from the internal memory to Google Drive using the "Share" feature in the native photo app. This step also included renaming each picture.
- The pictures were then downloaded to a folder, photoessay, on the Desktop from Google Drive. Google Drive was accessed using Chrome.
- After downloading, the pictures were each opened in Photoshop.
- Each picture was then exported into the folder as a smaller image (42% of original size) and as an icon (5-6% of original size). This process maintained the original .jpeg format but converted to medium resolution.
- A new webpage was created inside the folder and saved as index.html.
- A 5x2 table was created on the index page.
- Each icon was then inserted into its own cell in the top row. Padding (50px) was added on the left and right of the third image to maintain column width.
- Each icon was given a text caption in the bottom row, beneath the corresponding image.
- The borders of the table were hidden except for the lines between each column.
- Both the captions and the pictures were linked to new pages, corresponding to each of the five pictures.
- Five new pages were created in the folder, one for each image.
- One image and a link titled "Return to Photo Essay" were added to each of the new pages. A second link cycles to the next image.
- After saving all of the pages, they were transferred to the web server using CoreFTP.
- Finally, all of the links were tested.
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