Lesson Plan

Understanding Blindness

Gaia Squarci's photo essay, Broken Screen, turns viewers attention to the challenges faced by those with visual impairments. After viewing the images, class members discuss why they believe the photographer structured the album as she did.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have groups the support services for the blind in their community and on their campus
  • Ask individuals to draft a sensory paragraph using all but visual descriptions 
  • Construct a maze using desks, ask blindfolded class members to negotiate their way through the jumble, and then debrief the activity
Classroom Considerations
  • A link to the photo essay is provided in the Included Materials section of this review
  • Remind viewers that Squarci chose each of the photos in the essay to underscore an aspect of visual acuity
  • The six-page packet includes background information about the photo essay, discussion questions, and writing prompts
  • Requires viewers to have some familiarity with photo editing techniques
Common Core