AGE 8–9Icon UkUk Lesson Plan

Is Seeing Believing? (UK)

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 learners ask critical questions about why someone might alter a photo or video in the first place.

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Learning Objectives:
  • Recognise that photos and videos can be altered digitally.
  • Identify different reasons why someone might alter a photo or video.
  • Analyse 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

Lesson Plan

45 mins.

What You'll Need

Classroom resources

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

Take-home resources

  • Family Activity
  • Family Tips