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The Power of the Image — Elementary

Images are everywhere! A person’s reaction to an image shown on television or in print can cause a person to buy a certain item or make him wary of an object or event. Television, in general, and the television news, in particular, strives to select both people and settings that match society’s standards of beauty so that viewers tune in to their show. As consumers we have to be aware that the images we are seeing have some impact on our perception.


Students will discuss the power of the image.

Students will make a collage showing words and images that represent themselves.


Standard Addressed:

Technology, Communication
Grade 3 Benchmark A, Design Elements

1. Include the elements of design such as contrast, size and arrangement of student-created projects in print and electronic media.



Catalogues, magazines, paper, glue, scissors



  1. Discuss the student’s perception of pretty or handsome.

  2. Discuss if a person’s image tells you anything about the person.

  3. Discuss what qualities a person might possess that are more important than looks.

  4. Have students bring in magazines and catalogs that contain images of people.

  5. Have students create a collage of images and words that represent themselves.

  6. When collages are complete, have the students tell about their collage.



The following rubric will be used for evaluation.

CATEGORY 100 90 75 60
Attractiveness and Organization The collage has exceptionally attractive formatting and well-organized information. The collage has attractive formatting and well-organized information. The collage has well-organized information. The collage’s formatting and organization of material are confusing to the reader.
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