Grade 3

Is Seeing Believing?

Why do people alter digital photos and videos?

The web is full of photos, and even videos, that are digitally altered. And it's often hard to tell the difference between what's real and what's fake. Help your students ask critical questions about why someone might alter a photo or video in the first place.

Students will be able to:
  • Recognize that photos and videos can be altered digitally.
  • Identify different reasons why someone might alter a photo or video.
  • Analyze altered photos and videos to try to determine why.
Key Vocabulary: advertising  ·  alter  ·  persuade  ·  photo retouching
advertising:
messages or photos that are made to persuade someone to buy a certain product
alter:
to change the way something looks, sometimes using a computer or other digital tools
persuade:
to cause someone to believe something
photo retouching:
digital alteration of a photo to enhance the way someone looks (removing of wrinkles, clearing of skin, changing their body, etc.)
News & Media Literacy
This lesson meets standards for Common Core ELACASELAASLand ISTESee standards

Lesson Plan

45 mins.
Extension Activity:

Have students use Facetune or another airbrushing app to edit one of their selfies. Prompt them to reflect on what alterations they made and why.

What You'll Need

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Classroom resources

  • Lesson Slides
  • Student Handout: Photo Fake, Example 1 Student Version Teacher Version
  • Student Handout: Photo Fake, Example 2 Student Version Teacher Version
  • Student Handout: Photo Fake, Example 3 Student Version Teacher Version
  • Student Handout: Photo Fake, Example 4 Student Version Teacher Version
  • Lesson Quiz

Take-home resources