Why is this photograph so important?
Over two lessons this projects assesses the depth, density, conditions of impact and meaning of a historical photograph. White House photographer Pete Souza shot it during the mission in the course of which Osama bin Laden was killed by a Navy SEALs team in Abbottabad, Pakistan on May 1st 2011. The interest in the photo was so strong that today it ranks high among the historic photographs of modernity.
In this English or history project for High School classes before graduation, or before Abitur, students become aware of the deeper implications and scope of this photograph, which has undergone detailed analysis by international media and scholars.
Students are confronted step by step with detailed questions and tasks to do individually or in pairs, which immerse them into questions on the photo, such as on the perspective, emotions, the legality, the symbolic function of elements, and on the impact on the spectator of objects visible or hidden.
This video only presents a glimpse of the project for English or history classes. The worksheets are in English, the didactic suggestions in German. So far it has been tested with 6 graduation classes, who have reacted with great interest and successfully sharpened their capacities to analyze visual material, according to the idea after the "iconic turn," that such sources should be given more detailed attention than in traditional history or English lessons.
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